This guide features the Proctor Library's most useful and comprehensive sources for English and Literature related research. If you have any questions or need help with a English or Literature assignment, please see a librarian at our Ask Here Desk or contact librarian Jessie Rutland at

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Book Review Digest:
Rather than consult the physical Book Review Digest books for post-1983 publications, you can look up the title of a book here and get citations to reviews of the book. For titles published pre-1983 you can find BRD shelved in the reference collection under REF Z1219 .C96.

Essay & General Literature Index:
Offers access to citations for articles since 1985 in the humanities and social sciences. This database is not full text.

Our only database dedicated solely to scholarly literature with articles in the fields of history, politicial science, archaeology, art history, anthropology, literature and languages, music, and more; however, JSTOR usually is unable to provide access to the most recently published articles.

Literary Reference Center Plus:
Features an expansive collection of author biographies, plot summaries and work overviews, full-text essays, literary reference books, full text for literary magazines and journals, book reviews, poems, short stories, classic texts, author interviews, and much more.

Project MUSE:
Project MUSE is a leading provider of digital humanities and social sciences content.


MLA Cheat Sheet
Download our MLA Style Guide, 8th ed. Cheat Sheet (2016) as a PDF
Print Books
MLA Handbook (8th Edition) -- RREF LB2369 .G53 2016 * 
* RREF stands for Ready Reference near the Ask Here desk on the first floor.

Comparison Guide
Download our Comparison Guide as a PDF
This guide shows some basic examples side-by-side between APA, ASA, Chicago, and MLA.

Web Resources on MLA
The Owl - The Purdue Online Writing Lab

Zotero - Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share research.


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