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Dictionary of Literary Biography

Dictionary of Literary Biography

Writer career biographies, tracing the development of the author's canon and the evolution of his reputation.

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MagillOnLiterature Plus

MagillOnLiterature Plus

MagillOnLiterature Plus contains editorially reviewed critical essays, brief plot summaries, extended character profiles, and detailed setting discussions covering works by more than 8,500 long and short fiction writers, poets, dramatists, essayists, and philosophers.

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Critical Survey of Poetry

Critical Survey of Poetry

An in-depth resource covering 845 poets throughout history and the world.

Critical Survey of Short Fiction

Critical Survey of Short Fiction

An in-depth resource covering 625 writers, and the history of short fiction from antiquity to the 21st century.

Critical Survey of Long Fiction

Critical Survey of Long Fiction

Offers 678 profiles of major writers of long fiction throughout history and the world, including analyses of their significant novels and novellas. 

Discusses the novel in overview essays by time period, country, ethnicity, and genre, and provides valuable resource material.

Oxford African American Studies Center

Oxford African American Studies Center

A collection of reference works focusing on the lives and events which have shaped African American and African history and culture.

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Oxford English Dictionary

Oxford English Dictionary

Premier dictionary of the english language. Includes word meanings, history, etymological analysis.

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Oxford Language Dictionaries Online

Oxford Language Dictionaries Online

Oxford's high-quality bilingual language reference content in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish. Includes study materials

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MLA Directory of Periodicals

MLA Directory of Periodicals

Directory of periodicals that publish articles on language, literature, folklore, or pedagogy. Includes submission guidelines, acceptance rates, etc.

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