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Associations & Societies

Modern Language Association (MLA)- a place where scholars share their findings and teachings and discuss trends in the academy.

Association of Literary Scholars, Critics, and Writers - "works to ensure that literature thrives in both scholarly and creative environments" (About the ALSCW).



Academic Search Complete - over 700 journals in the field of literature, many with full text access.

Art Full Text- International selection of peer-selected publications in all aspects of art.

DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) - 163 journals in languages and literatures

Humanities Full Text - interviews, biographies, original works of fiction, as well as reviews of ballets, operas, musicals, plays, etc.

International Index to Music Periodicals (IIMP) Full Text - Scholarly and popular music journals.

JSTOR - 155 journal titles with full text access in the language and literature discipline.

Reader's Guide to Periodical Literature - Dates back to 1983.

ScienceDirect Journals - don't let the title of this database fool you, as there is plenty of full-text content in the humanities discipline


Yahoo Directory: Citation - links to a variety of citation styles.

dmoz Open Directory Project: Style Guides - links to grammar guides, citation tools, thesauri, etc.

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Canadian Oxford Dictionary- Oxford Reference Online. English as it is particularly used in Canada.

The Oxford American Thesaurus of Current English- Oxford Reference Online. Over 350,000 synonyms.

The Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar- Oxford Reference Online. Access to over 1,000 grammatical terms and their meanings.

Pocket Fowler's Modern English Usage- Oxford Reference Online. Who or whom? Infer or imply? Find out here!

The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms- Oxford Reference Online. Provides concise definitions of troublesome literary terms.

Print Resources

A writer’s reference (Reference)
PE1408 H277 2007

Forms of writing : a rhetoric, handbook, and reader
PE1408 S762 2009

Style : the basics of clarity and grace (Reference)
PE1421 W5455 2006


Web Resources

The Forest of Rhetoric - explores the complex habitat of rhetoric, from broad ideas to specific terms.

Owl at Purdue - Online Writing Lab at Purdue University. Tips on writing, researching and job search writing. APA and MLA guides also available.

Virtual Salt: A Handbook of Rhetorical Devices - Dr. Robert Harris explains over 60 rhetorical devices that can help with clarity and style.

Writing for University - c/o Simon Fraser University- advice on everything from writing genre-specific assignments to self-editing.

Writing Handouts - created by the Student Learning Commons at SFU. Handouts in PDF format that help with all aspects of academic writing.








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