RESOURCES FOR THE ENGLISH MAJOR

Why Study English?

  • The following link takes you to a collection of fourteen different articles written over the last few years that make an undeniable case for the value of an English education--the English major is a powerful degree.  See for yourself:

Outside Linkhttp://www.meaganrodgers.com/why-study-english.html

Practical Employment Resources for the English Major

  • Editorial Jobs/Industry Websites

Outside Linkwww.editorandpublisher.com

Outside Linkwww.ed2010.com

Outside Linkwww.journalism/berkeley.edu/job/list/jobs

  • Freelance Writing

Outside Linkwww.freelancewritinggigs.com

Outside Linkwww.allfreelancewriting.com

Outside Linkwww.freelancewriting.com

  • Etc.

Outside Linkwww.journalismjobs.com

Outside Linkwww.mediabistro.com

Outside Linkwww.bookjobs.com (for jobs and internships)

Outside Linkwww.fundsforwriters.com

A Wide Variety of Digital Literature Online

  • MOA Texts: Here you can search through dozens of early American periodicals - among them the Southern Literary Messenger and the American Whig Review - and retrieve actual images of full pages with illustrations. A limited number of books are also included, and all texts are keyword-searchable. The collection is split between Cornell University and the University of Michigan:

Outside LinkThe Cornell University Library Making of America (MOA) Collection

Outside LinkUniversity of Michigan Making of America (MOA) Collection

  • The American Memory Collection is the premier online amalgamation of materials (including artwork, photographs, sound recordings, and early motion pictures) from American history and literature:

Outside LinkLibrary of Congress: American Memory Collections

  • The University of Virginia has a wonderful collection of online texts, many of which can be searched from its public site: search the Publicly Accessible Texts at the

Outside LinkElectronic Text Center at UVA

  • The Labyrinth website is one of the earliest and best online collections of online texts; its focus is on medieval literature:

Outside LinkLabyrinth: An Online Collection of Medieval Texts

  • For those who 'prefer not to,' Project Bartelby offers a variety of canonical texts online:

Outside LinkThe Oxford book of English Verse (1919)

Outside LinkThe Cambridge History of English and American Literature (1907-21)

Outside LinkThe Golden Treasury of the Best Songs and Lyrical Poems in the English Language (1875)

Resources for Composition and Rhetoric in English:

  • The following are informative and helpful resources students interested in Composition and Rhetoric, or the Rhetoric and Writing minor, will find helpful:

Outside Linkhttp://www.comppile.org/

Outside Linkhttp://compfaqs.org

Outside Linkhttp://wac.colostate.edu/

Outside Linkhttp://www.ncte.org/

American Literature

  • Outside LinkBibliography of American Literature (BAL) The Bibliography of American Literature (9 volumes, Yale University Press, 1955-1991) provides nearly 40,000 records of the literary works of approximately 300 American writers. Coverage includes 1776 to 1930.
  • Outside LinkModern American Poetry (MAPS) MAPS is a comprehensive learning environment and scholarly forum for the study of modern American poetry. It is an online journal and multimedia companion to The Anthology of Modern American Poetry (Oxford University Press, 2000).
  • Outside LinkThe Academy of American Poets
  • Outside LinkAl Filreis’s “Modern and Contemporary American Poetry” Site A compendium of resources on 20th century American poetry.
  • Outside LinkEarly American Imprints, Series I (1639 - 1800)  Indexes more than 36,000 items consisting of some 2,400,000 images offering insight into every aspect of American life in the 17th and 18th centuries such as agriculture, auctions, foreign affairs, diplomacy, literature, music, religion, the Revolutionary War, temperance, and witchcraft. Provides online access to the print and microform counterparts American Bibliography by Charles Evans, and Supplement to Evans' American Bibliography by Roger Bristol. (Archive of Americana allows cross-searching of several databases: Early American Imprints , Series I and II; Early American Newspapers; American State Papers; US Congressional Serial Set.)
  • Outside LinkEarly American Imprints, Series II (1801-1819) Indexes more than 36,000 books, pamphlets, broadsides, state papers and other print genres published from 1801-1819. Covers all aspects of American life including taxation, public health and diseases, slavery, military law, Indians, Christianity, cosmology, etiquette, and much more. Based on the American Bibliography of Ralph R. Shaw and Richard H. Shoemaker. (Archive of Americana allows cross-searching of several databases: Early American Imprints , Series I and II; Early American Newspapers; American State Papers; US Congressional Serial Set.)
  • Outside LinkC19: The Nineteenth Century Index Comprehensive coverage of nineteenth-century books, periodicals, official documents, newspapers and archives. C19 Index draws on the Nineteenth Century Short Title Catalogue, The Wellesley Index, Poole's Index and Periodicals Index Online to create integrated bibliographic coverage of over 1.4 million books and official publications, 64,891 archival collections and 15.6 million articles published in over 2,500 journals, magazines and newspapers.
  • Outside LinkMaking of America (Cornell University) Access to 267 monograph volumes and over 100,000 journal articles from 22 journals with 19th century imprints. The collection is particularly strong in the areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. Making of America is a collaboration between the libraries of Cornell University and the University of Michigan to document American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction by drawing upon the primary materials at these two institutions.
  • Outside LinkMaking of America (University of Michigan)  Access to 9,500 books and almost 2500 digitized issues of 12 journals published in the 19th century. The collection is particularly strong in the areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. Making of America is a collaboration between the libraries of Cornell University and the University of Michigan to document American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction by drawing upon unique primary materials held at each institution.
  • Outside LinkAmerican Periodicals Series Online, 1740-1900  Contains digitized images of more than 1,100 periodicals. Includes special interest and general magazines, literary and professional journals, children's and women's magazines and many other historically significant magazines.
  • Outside LinkEarly American Newspapers Access to hundreds of historic newspapers, providing more than one million pages as fully text-searchable facsimile images. Based largely on Clarence Brigham's "History and Bibliography of American Newspapers,1690-1820." (Archive of Americana allows cross-searching of several databases: Early American Imprints , Series I and II; Early American Newspapers; American State Papers; US Congressional Serial Set.)
  • Outside LinkEmily Dickinson Electronic Archives

Nineteenth Century Literature

How About Some Shakespeare?

-The complete works online, with search features

-A reprint of Shakespeare's 1623 First Folio

-A collection of primary early modern documents that contextualize Shakespeare's work, arranged by topic and by the plays they pertain to

-An open-access collection of Shakespeare's plays with links to scholarly articles

Writing Resources for the English Major

  • Outside LinkStrunk, Elements of Style A simple and basic handbook for effective composition of sentences and of essays. (Sadly, its amplification by Strunk's student E.B. White is still in copyright and not available for free.)
  • Outside LinkAcademic Word List As an aid to enhance academic vocabulary, this site divides the Academic Word List (the most common 808 words in academic texts in English, excluding the most frequent 2000 words in English) into eleven levels.
  • Outside LinkOxford English Dictionary (OED)  The accepted authority on the evolution of the English language. Entries contain detailed etymological analyses that trace word development through time and are illustrated by quotations from a wide range of English-language sources.
  • Outside LinkChicago Manual of Style Online Searchable, online version of the Chicago Manual of Style (15th edition) providing two basic documentation systems, the humanities style (notes and bibliography) and the author-date system for editors and writers.
  • Outside LinkPurdue Online Writing Lab Writing resources and easily searchable instructions in citation practices (especially MLA format) for research papers as well as other tips on resumé and CV composition.
  • Outside LinkFowler, The King's English

Key Reference Sources for the English Major

Page last updated: Feb. 12, 2015