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English Language and Literature: English Literature Resources

This is a subject guide for English majors and faculty use.

Finding English Books in the Library Catalog

Books at the Gangwish Library are organized by Dewey Classification. English books are organized in the following way.

801 Philosophy & theory

802 Miscellany about literature

803 Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

805 Serial Publications

806 Organisations

807 Study & Teaching

808 Rhetoric & Collections

809 History, discription,critical appraisal

810 English & Anglo-Saxon Literatures

811.54 Contemporary Poetry

813 Contemporary Literature

821 English Poetry

822 English Drama

822.33 Shakespeare

823 English Fiction

824 English essays

825 English speeches

826 English Letters

827 English satire & Humour

828 English miscellaneous writings

829 Anglo-Saxon (Old English)

Encyclopedias and Dictionaries for English Language and Literature

Although there is an English Reference Section at the Gangwish Library, it is Dated. Reference Books about English Language and Literature that are recent can be accessed by logging into the CredoReference Database on the Gangwish Online Library Databases Page.. 

English Reference Books on CredoReference

Language and Literature Full-Text Finder Links


Full-Text Finder is a very useful tool allowing searchers to find full-text journals on different topic areas available in the library databases. 

If you search for Language and Literature Full-Text Journals you will find 407 full-text journals. To find English-specific journals, enter "English" in the search box to locate Journals associated with English or if you have a specific journal title, enter it in the search box to find out if we carry it in full-tet. If it does not appear, then it is not available in our databases.


Malone Collection

The Malone Collection is a set of English Literature reprints published by the Malone Society. This Collection can be found beyond the OU Thesis Collection at the Gangwish Library. Books numbering will say: Malone and the number of the book.

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English Literature Library Databases


The following online library databases are useful when searching for full-text resources and ebooks for English Language and Literature assignments. They can be accessed by logging into the Online Library Databases page.

  • American Council of Learned Societies Humanities Ebook Database
  • Ebsco, Academic Search Premier
  • Ebsco, Ebook Academic Collection
  • Ebsco, Ebook Collection
  • Ebsco, Literary Reference Center
  • Ebsco, Literary Reference Ebook Center