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Language and Literature

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English Language and Literature

American Women Writers: A Critical Reference Guide from Colonial Times to the Present [Rutgers Restricted]
An electronic version of the 4 volume resource containing "biographical and critical essays on 1,328 American women writers covering all genres and all periods of American history."

Cambridge History of English and American Literature: an Encyclopedia in Eighteen Volumes
Literary history and criticism with essay topics ranging from poetry, fiction, drama, and essays to history, theology, and political writing. Encompasses a wide selection of writing on orators, humorists, poets, newspaper columnists, religious leaders, economists, Native Americans, song writers, and even non-English writing, such as Yiddish and Creole.

Continuum Encyclopedia of American Literature [Rutgers Restricted]
Includes more than 1,100 biographical-critical essays. Part of the Literary Reference Center via JerseyClicks.

Continuum Encyclopedia of British Literature [Rutgers Restricted]
"A comprehensive guide to all British literature, including literature in English from the colonial and postcolonial periods in Africa, Australia, Canada, the Caribbean, India, and New Zealand." Part of the Literary Reference Center via JerseyClicks.

Encyclopedia of American Poetry: the Nineteenth Century [Rutgers Restricted]
Part of the Literature Online database, the Encyclopedia provides biographical and critical information on almost 150 American poets, as well as topical essays on "Nineteenth-Century Versions of American Indian Poetry," "Popular Poetry," "Songs and Ballads," and "Spirituals."

Encyclopedia of British Women Writers [Rutgers Restricted]
"Makes readily available, in alphabetical sequence, some 600 biographical-critical entries on a range of women writers, from the early centuries of writing identified with England up to the present day."

Encyclopedia of Literature [Rutgers Restricted]
Part of Gale's Literature Resource Center, this site offers a searchable encyclopedia of authors; works; literary landmarks; literary and critical terms; mythological and folkloric figures; fictional characters; literary movements; prizes; etc.

Encyclopedia of Literature & Criticism [Rutgers Restricted]
Covers English language literature and literary criticism in general as well as periods such as medieval, renaissance, and romantic, but also deals with how literature has been discussed in the past and how it is being discussed now.

Feminism in Literature: A Gale Critical Companion [Rutgers Restricted]
"This six-volume set explores the history of women and feminism throughout literature, from classical antiquity to modern times. Topics covered include misogyny and women's social roles in ancient civilizations, 16th-century women's devotional literature, 17th- and 18th-century women's captivity narratives, the women's suffrage movement in 19th-century America, women writers of the "Lost Generation," lesbian literature, and much more."

HarperCollins Reader's Encyclopedia of American Literature [Rutgers Restricted]
"Includes biographies of novelists, playwrights, poets & critics, summaries of books & plays, descriptions of characters, definitions of literary terms & movements, & more."

Reference Guide to Short Fiction [Rutgers Restricted]
"Contains biographical and critical essays on 376 of the most important writers of short fiction writing in English worldwide, and 403 separate essays on selected works. Also includes some authors of note who did not write in English, but whose works have been widely translated and are often studied, such as Anton Chekhov and Jean-Paul Sartre. Most authors covered were born after 1750, but a few important figures from earlier periods are included as well." Electronic version of the 2nd edition of the print resource.

Routledge Encyclopedia of Post-Colonial Literatures in English [Rutgers Restricted]
Part of the Literature Online database, the Encyclopedia covers genres, major subjects, and critical biographies of writers, as well as entries on each country or region whose literatures are discussed.


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French Language and Literature

Encyclopedia of Literature [Rutgers Restricted]
Part of Gale's Literature Resource Center, this site offers a searchable encyclopedia of authors; works; literary landmarks; literary and critical terms; mythological and folkloric figures; fictional characters; literary movements; prizes; etc.

Encyclopédie, ou Dictionnaire Raisonné des Sciences, des Arts et des Métiers [Rutgers Restricted]
Part of the American Research on the Treasury of the French Language (ARTFL) Project, this site includes online versions of Trésor de la Langue Française, and the Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française, as well as Diderot and d'Alembert's Encyclopédie.


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German Language and Literature

Encyclopedia of Literature [Rutgers Restricted]
Part of Gale's Literature Resource Center, this site offers a searchable encyclopedia of authors; works; literary landmarks; literary and critical terms; mythological and folkloric figures; fictional characters; literary movements; prizes; etc.

Zedlers Grosses Universallexikon Online
A freely available German language encyclopedia that appeared in 68 volumes between 1732 and 1754. One of the largest encyclopedias ever published, it includes a half million entries for names, and a quarter million bibliographic references within the articles.


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Italian Language and Literature

Encyclopedia of Literature [Rutgers Restricted]
Part of Gale's Literature Resource Center, this site offers a searchable encyclopedia of authors; works; literary landmarks; literary and critical terms; mythological and folkloric figures; fictional characters; literary movements; prizes; etc.


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Linguistics

Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics [Rutgers Restricted]
Encompasses "the range of research on language-related problems that arise in the real-world contexts where languages are learned and used." Electronic version of the print resource. "Includes a wealth of additional material, including sound files, and direct links to cross referenced articles."

Encyclopedia of Bilingual Education [Rutgers Restricted]
Explores the "subject from multiple perspectives: its history, policy, classroom practice, instructional design, and research bases. Shows connections between bilingual education and related subjects, such as linguistics, education equity issues, socio-cultural diversity, and the nature of demographic change in the United States. Documents the history of bilingual education in the last half of the 20th century and summarizes its roots in earlier periods. Discusses important legislation and litigation documents" Electronic version of the 2 volumes print resource.

Omniglot: The Online Encyclopedia of Writing Systems & Languages
A guide to alphabetic, syllabic, logographic, and other writing systems with links to related language resources.


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Literature in General

Age of Fable: or Beauties of Mythology
The complete text of Bulfinch's 1913 guide to Greek, Roman, Norse and other mythologies, also including tales of King Arthur and legends of Charlemagne.

Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia [Rutgers Restricted]
"Explores literature from around the world: biographies of poets & playwrights, novelists & belle trists; plot synopses & character sketches from important works; historical data on literary schools, movements, terms & awards; myths & legends; & more."

Continuum Encyclopedia of Children's Literature [Rutgers Restricted]
"Covers 150 years of children's literature in many countries: The United States, Great Britain, Canada, continental Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, and Asia. Biographical-critical entries include authors as well as illustrators." Part of the Literary Reference Center via JerseyClicks.

Continuum Encyclopedia of Young Adult Literature [Rutgers Restricted]
"A reference guide to young adult literature" including articles on topics such as "African American Literature; Asian American Literature; Australian Literature; Canadian Literature; Crossovers; Death and Dying; Fantasy; Feminist Fairy Tales; The Graphic Novel; Harry Potter - "Not Just for Kids Anymore"; Horror; Latina/Latino Literature; The Lord of the Rings and Beyond; New Zealand Literature; Science Fiction and Crossovers; Superheroes of the 1960s and Stan Lee; Witches and Dragons; Tween and Teen; Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow; and others."

Encyclopedia Mythica
A searchable or browseable encyclopedia on world mythology, folklore, and legend.

Encyclopedia of Literature [Rutgers Restricted]
Part of Gale's Literature Resource Center, this site offers a searchable encyclopedia of authors; works; literary landmarks; literary and critical terms; mythological and folkloric figures; fictional characters; literary movements; prizes; etc.

Encyclopedia of the Novel [Rutgers Restricted]
Part of the Literature Online database, the Encyclopedia covers classic novels and great novel writers, types of novels, technical and formal aspects of novels, as well as criticism, theory, and influences.

Feminism in Literature: A Gale Critical Companion [Rutgers Restricted]
"This six-volume set explores the history of women and feminism throughout literature, from classical antiquity to modern times. Topics covered include misogyny and women's social roles in ancient civilizations, 16th-century women's devotional literature, 17th- and 18th-century women's captivity narratives, the women's suffrage movement in 19th-century America, women writers of the "Lost Generation," lesbian literature, and much more."

Literary Movements for Students: Presenting Analysis, Context, and Criticism on Literary Movements [Rutgers Restricted]
"Entries provide in-depth historical background information on each movement as well as modern critical interpretation of each movement's characteristic styles and themes." Electronic version of the 2nd edition.

Myth Encyclopedia
Covers myths and legends from around the world, encompassing North and South America, Africa and Asia, and the Pacific islands, with links between related articles. Based on the Thomson Gale print publication, Myths and Legends of the World.

New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics [Rutgers Restricted]
Part of the Literature Online database, the Encyclopedia is a comprehensive reference work dealing with all aspects of its subject: history, types, movements, prosody, and critical terminology.

New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry & Poetics [Rutgers Restricted]
"Provides surveys of 106 national poetries; descriptions of poetic forms and genres major and minor, traditional and emergent; detailed explanations of the devices of prosody and rhetoric; and overviews of all major schools of poetry ancient and modern, Western and Eastern. It provides balanced and comprehensive accounts of the major movements and issues in criticism and literary theory, and discussion of the manifold relations of poetry to the other fields of human thought and activity-history, science, politics, religion, philosophy, music, the visual arts."

Reference Guide to Holocaust Literature [Rutgers Restricted]
"Provides biographical and critical essays on 223 writers connected to or concerned with the Holocaust, as well as separate essays on 307 of their works."

Reference Guide to World Literature [Rutgers Restricted]
"Contains biographical and critical essays on authors from throughout the world, as well as essays covering specific work or works of an author, with criticism and analysis of those works." Electronic version of the 2 volume 3rd edition of the print resource.

SFE: The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction
This third edition of the Encyclopedia is freely accessible and aims "to provide a comprehensive, scholarly, and critical guide to science fiction in all its forms."

UXL Graphic Novelists [Rutgers Restricted]
"Introduces researchers to the authors and illustrators behind these works, taking care to define and explore the distinction between comic books and graphic novels." Electronic version of the 3 volume print resource.