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Credo Reference - Literature
Search literature encyclopedias and dictionaries

Oxford English Dictionary
Electronic full text version of the most complete historical dictionary of the English language.

Pop Culture Universe
Browse topics on literature in this digital library of information on American and world popular culture, past and present. 

The Library Print Reference collection contains many books on literature. 
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17th-18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers - Database trial until May 1, 2014
The newspapers and pamphlets gathered by the Reverend Charles Burney (1757-1817) represent the largest single collection of 17th and 18th century English news media available. The 1,270-title collection includes a wide range of pamphlets, proclamations, newsbooks and newspapers from the period, covering more than 200 years of accounts from newspapers from England, Ireland, Scotland and a handful of papers from British colonies in the Americas and Asia.

American Periodicals Series Online
Extensive primary source content:  American magazines 1741-1900.

Arden Shakespeare 
Texts and sources for Shakespeare studies.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online - Database trial until May 1, 2014
An online collection of English and foreign language books, pamphlets, broadsides and other ephemera published in the U.K. and the Americas between 1701 and 1800.

London Lowlife
Reveals the street culture, social reform and Victorian underworld of London during the nineteenth century.

Women Writers Online
A full text database of women's writing.

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