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English: On the Web

Resources for the study of the English language and literature.

Databases vs. the Web

Just because something is available online, that doesn’t mean it is a website.  Online subscription databases like those from EBSCO are available because the library has paid to have online access to their materials, which is often more convenient for students and researchers.  The open web, however, is exactly the opposite. The information is freely available, but anyone can create and host a site without any regulation.  Be cautious when using the open web.

Online Research Guide

Web Links

Bartleby Verse / Bartleby Fiction
Full-text, classic literary works, including fiction and poetry.

The Elements of Style
The Strunk edition of The Elements of Style provides writers with guidelines for clear, concise composition.

The John Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism
Compiled by 275 specialists from around the world, The John Hopkins Guide presents a fully searchable, comprehensive historical survey of the field's most important figures, schools, and movements and is updated annually.

Evaluate, evaluate, evaluate...

who has written this information? what credentials does this person/group have on this subject? Is your source credible? What is the reputation of the source or content author?

who is responsible for the Web site? what organization is hosting (and paying to keep alive) this page?

why does this site exist? why was it created? Who is the intended audience?

is the information accurate? can it be verified through another source? is the language objective and impartial or is it subjective and inflammatory? is the information or research documented? 

how thoroughly is the topic covered? is it written for college level research? is the information sufficiently complete for your purposes?

when was the information on this page last updated?

Subject Guide

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Beth Carpenter
Transylvania University Library
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Lexington, KY 40508-1797