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Citation Guides

Adhering to and understanding proper citation formats is a critical component of scholarly research and communication.  The links below will take you to citation guides that will help you format your in-text citations and works cited pages correctly.  If you are in doubt as to which citation style to use for a particular course, consult your professor.

Primary Sources and Archival Material on the Web

The following is a curated list of free sites that offer literary and other cultural texts, generally in the public domain.


Welcome to the English research guide!  This guide is meant for anyone taking an English course, whether you are an English major, fulfilling a writing requirement, or just taking a class for fun.  If you cannot find what you are looking for in the guide, please contact the librarian for assistance.

Using the Guide

This Home page contains lists of resources where you can find citation help, choose a database for your research, or locate English-related primary source materials.  To navigate the guide for more information, use the tabs at the top of the page.  The Library Basics tab contains several pages with in-depth information on how to use library resources for your research.  The remaining tabs provide resources tailored to specific classes or topics.  If your class or topic is not listed and you would like to get personalized help, please contact the librarian.


These databases are recommended for English majors / masters and their coursework. For resources specific to your course, see the tabs at the top of the guide.  If your course is not listed, use the resources on this page or contact a librarian for more a more tailored list.

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