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English 11 Term Paper

This research guide will provide you with a list of library resources that will help you with your Term Paper.  Please follow all directions for the project given to you by your teacher.

Literature Websites

Writing Resources

Here are links to sites related to MLA citations and writing.

     Easy Bib

     Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab)

     University of Wisconsin, Madison MLA Documentation Guide

Online Databases

Search the EBSCO databases for articles from journals, newspapers, encyclopedias and other sources.  The articles from these sources within the database are usually “full text,” which means you will be able to access the full article not just a citation or abstract.  The database also contians eBooks covering literary criticism and author biograhies.

Click on "Literary Reference Center" for information on authors, criticism, literary movements, etc.  You can enter a search term in the "Find" box or browse authors or works to explore an alphabetical listing of each. 

You can print or email your search results.  When you do, select "MLA Format" from the citation format drop-down list.  The print out or email will include the MLA citation for the entry.

Please see library personnel for login and password information.


Reference eBooks

The library collection contains a wide variety of eBooks.  Some of them are available in a multi-user format, meaning more than one person can access the eBook at one time and read it online.  These eBooks can be accessed through the library’s online catalog, Alexandria.  you can also access them directly from the vendors' websites.  Multi-user eBooks are available through:

      EBSCO Databases

      Gale Virtual Reference Library -- Contains the full Novels for Students series in eBook form along with other eBooks.


      Salem Literature

      World Book Encyclopedia

Please see library personnel for login and password information.

Reference Print Titles

Below is a list of some of the reference print titles and their call numbers that you can use in your research. 

REF 031 ENC  Encyclopedia Americana

REF 031 WOR  World Book Encyclopedia

REF 803 MER  Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature.

REF 808.3 NOV Novels for Students: Presenting Analysis, Context and Criticism on Commonly Studied Novels

REF 808.81 WOR  Twentieth Century English and American Verse, 1900-1929 and 1930-1950

REF 809 MAG Magill's Survey of World Literature

REF 809.3 CRI  Critical Survey of Drama

REF 809.3 CRI Critical Survey of Long Fiction

REF 809.04 TWE  Twentieth-century Literary Criticism

REF 809.933 LIT Literary Themes for Students -- Race and Prejudice

REF 809.933 LIT Literary Themes for Students -- War and Peace 

REF 809.93358 LIT The Literature of War

REF 810.9 AFR  African American Writers

REF 810.9 AME American Ethnic Writers

REF 810.9 AME  American Writers: A Collection of Literary Biographies

REF 810.9 CON  Concise Dictionary of American Literary Biography.

REF 810.9 GRE  Great American Writers: Twentieth Century

REF 810.9 IDE  Identities and Issues in Literature

REF 810.9 MAG  Magill's Survey of American Literature

REF 810.9358 LIT Literary Themes for Students: The American Dream  

REF 820.3 OXF  The Oxford Companion to English Literature.

REF 820.9 BRI  British Writers

REF 820.9 GRE  Great Writers of the English Language

REF 823.509 FAC The Facts on File Companion to the British Novel

General Collection Print Titles

All students in the 11th grade will be researching their term paper at the same time.  Titles from the general collection covering authors and works being researched by more than one student, will be put on hold. Books on hold may not leave the library and will be availabe to everyone in the library during normal business hours.  Please check the shelves next to the new magazines for these books.

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