Subject Guide to Online Literature Resources

Contents for Online Literature Resources

Good Starting Places: Reference Books 

Reference books are a good place to start research. They can help you find background information, choose topics, and understand concepts and terminology. To access online resources from off campus you will need a your My Chemeketa user name and password; host provider students may obtain a login from the instructor or librarian.

Encyclopedias & Handbooks 

Specialized encyclopedias, which cover a single subject area, have longer and more detailed treatments of subjects than either dictionaries or general encyclopedias.

There are specialized literature encyclopedias:

See also Literature Resource Center, Below.

 



Dictionaries

These dictionaries define specialized terms, identify important figures and concepts, and explain symbols. To access online resources from off campus you will need a your My Chemeketa user name and password; host provider students may obtain a login from the instructor or librarian.

Search in all Oxford dictionaries of literature

Browse dictionaries of literature


 



Finding More Electronic Books

Use the Library Search to find books. Limit your search to electronic books by selecting the eBooks resource type under Refine My Results. Chemeketa E-books will show as having Online access, with a green disc indicator. To access these books from off campus you will need your My Chemeketa user name and password.


 

Finding Articles on Your Subject

All the electronic databases listed in this section may be accessed by going to the library's Database Page. To access online resources from off campus you will need a your My Chemeketa user name and password; host provider students may obtain a login from the instructor or librarian.


All the electronic databases listed in this section may be accessed by going to the library's Database Page. If you are accessing the databases from a computer not on the Chemeketa Community College network, you will need your My Chemeketa user name and password.

Academic OneFile [Gale]  How to use
Index to periodicals, including thousands of peer-reviewed, abstracted and indexed journals, many which are in full text.
JSTOR How to use
JSTOR is a digital journals archive. Chemeketa Chemeketa has the archive collections Arts & Sciences I and Arts & Sciences III, comprising about 400 journals. The collections are strong in the humanities.
Literature Resource Center   How to use
Over 70,000 selected full-text critical essays and reviews from
  • Contemporary Literary Criticism,
  • Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism,
  • Literature Criticism from 1400-1800,
  • Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism,
  • Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism,
  • Drama Criticism,
  • Poetry Criticism,
  • Shakespearean Criticism,
  • Short Story Criticism,
  • Children's Literature Review
Also includes: biographies on more than 130,000 authors; more than 7,000 overviews of frequently studied works, more than 650,000 full-text articles, critical essays and reviews from over 300 scholarly journals and literary magazines; nearly 30,000 full-text poems, short stories and plays; Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature; and more.
    Coverage:
    Title list
    Updated: daily

 



Streaming Video Databases



Ambrose Video
Ambrose Video offers streaming video of 14 Shakespeare plays
Broadband Internet access (no dial-up) is required.
Theatre in Video
Theatre in Video offers streaming video of important plays and documentaries.
Broadband Internet access (no dial-up) is required.

 



Images

ImageQuest
A Britannica database of more than two million images. All images are rights-cleared for non-commercial, educational use.

 



Special Guides

 



Internet Sites

Try our customized search, or browse the list of sites below.

Customized Search

 

Browsing List

For electronic texts of literature see also Electronic Texts: Literature, Electronic Texts: Poetry, and Electronic Texts: Drama

Academy of American Poets - http://www.poets.org/
Description: Information on modern American poetry.
Cambridge History of English and American Literature - http://www.bartleby.com/cambridge/
Description: Electronic version of a multivolume encyclopedia, with coverage to the early 20th century.
Inter-Play: an on-line index to plays in collections, anthologies and periodicals©
This site from Portland State University is an index to plays appearing in collections. It is intended as a supplement to standard indexes of plays such as Play Index and Ottemiller's Index to Plays in Collections. You can search by author or title keyword. The call numbers given in the resulting list are numbers at PSU. You must then look in the library search to find out whether the book or magazine that contains the play is available at Chemeketa or at libraries in the area.
IPL Online Literary Criticism Collection Main Page - http://www.ipl.org/div/litcrit/
Description: Selected critical and biographical websites about authors and their works; can be browsed by author, by title, or by literary period. The site also contains a list of other literary criticism sites and a guide to finding criticism on the Internet.
Oregon Poetic Voices - http://www.oregonpoeticvoices.org/
Description: Publishes the work of publishes over 200 prominent and emerging Oregon poets. The site includes texts, an audio archive, and biographical information.
Poetry Foundation - http://poetryfoundation.org/
Description: An independent, nonprofit organization that promotes poetry by placing it in front of a wide audience. Its Poetry Tool helps the user to find the text of poems by form, occasion, categories, title, or first line.
Pulitzer Prizes - http://www.pulitzer.org/
Description: Includes complete list of winners by category for any year since 1917. More detail for winners in the last 3 years.
VG/Voices from the Gaps - http://voices.cla.umn.edu/ 
Description: Covers American and Canadian female authors of color, with biographical information, criticism, bibliographies, and links. Searchable. Maintained by the American Studies Department and English Department at the University of Minnesota.

 



Finding Additional Resources

Printed reference books on literature in Chemeketa's main library are in the Reference shelves, numbered 800-899.

The library subscribes to the following current periodicals in printed form:

  • Journal of Popular Culture
  • Shakespeare Quarterly

Finding other books and and audiovisual materials 

Use the Library Search to find books. Limit your search to books by selecting the Books resource type under Refine My Results. Chemeketa books will show as Available, with a green disc indicator, followed by the location and call number.

You may have to do several searches to find books that might be pertinent to your subject.

Books not owned by Chemeketa may be requested through Summit or via interlibrary loan.

Summit

Chemeketa students registered for credit may request Summit books from other Orbis Cascade Alliance libraries. The Orbis Cascade Alliance is made up of 37 member libraries in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Authorized users have access to all of the material in the Chemeketa Community College library, plus about 28 million items in Summit.



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Address of this page: http://library.chemeketa.edu/information/virtual/literature.php

Updated: 16 December 2014