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English Language and Literature


Check out the Oxford English Dictionary's second and third entries for "encyclopedia".
Note especially entries 2 and 3.


Try this!

Search the library homepage for encyclopedias relating to literature.

In the search box, type litera* encyclopedia.

Search. Then, in the left-hand sidebar under Item Types, click on Books.

HINT: The asterisk * is a "truncation" symbol.  It allows you to search for terms that have the same root but different endings.  For example, litera* will return literature, literatures and literary.

HINT: In the search above, try using dictionary, or handbook, or guide, instead of encyclopedia.



Columbia Encyclopedia 
(via Credo Reference) "Provides authoritative factual information about our world in its many guises - physical, historical, geographical, political, scientific, religious, and cultural."

Cambridge History of English & American Literature "(18 vols.). 1907–21.The most important work of literary history and criticism ever published on writings in the English language."

The Edinburgh Encyclopaedia of Modern Criticism and Theory (2002, via Credo Reference)

The Encyclopedia of Literature in Canada (2002) Also available in print.


Encyclopedia of African-American Writing (2009)

Encyclopedia of British Women's Writing, 1900-1950 (2006)

Encyclopedia of Contemporary LGBTQ Literature of the United States (2009)

Encyclopedia of Feminist Literature (2006)

Encyclopedia of Literary Modernism (2003)

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