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Databases
Academic Search Premier (EBSCOHost)(searching tips)
Academic Search Premier includes general interest and scholarly articles in a variety of areas including the social sciences.

Books In Print Plus Reviews
Provides access to millions of titles with thousands of full-text reviews, as well as publisher information.

Children's Literature Comprehensive Database
Database of children's literature, from baby board books to novels and nonfiction for young adults. Many records include reviews, awards, and prizes for the book. Also includes information about reading measurement program information as well as best book lists and state reading lists.

CQ Researcher
Provides in-depth coverage of issues on a wide range of topics. Includes overviews, pros and cons, and lengthy lists of other sources.

ebrary
DWU has a trial to ebrary, a growing e-book collection spanning all academic subject areas.

EBSCO MegaFILE(searching tips)
EBSCO MegaFILE is a multi-disciplinary database providing full text for over 19,100 total publications and indexing & abstracting for nearly 24,000 publications. Thie database is comprised of EBSCO's Academic Search Premier,, Business Source Premier and Regional Business News databases.

JSTOR
Provides access to scholarly journals in many disciplines including business. Coverage begins with volume 1 for each title. Depending on the publisher, the most recent three - five years may not be available via JSTOR.

LexisNexis Academic
Provides access to informaiton in a variety of areas including the humanities and social sciences.

Newsbank
Access to local, regional, and national U.S. newspapers. Paid advertisementss and newswire articles are excluded. This database includes the Aberdeen American News, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and the New York Times.

ProQuest (searching tips)
ProQuest includes general interest and scholarly articles in a variety of areas including the social sciences.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Database
Online index to historical and critical items about science fiction, fantasy and horror.

SIRS Researcher
Provides in-depth coverage of issues on a wide range of topics. Includes overviews, pros and cons, and lengthy lists of other sources.

Reference Books

Contemporary Novelists -- 2001
Concise discussions of the lives and principal works of contemporary novelists, written by subject experts.

Contemporary Poets -- 2001
Concise discussions of the lives and principal works of poets from around the world, written by subject experts.

Encyclopedia Britannica Online: Academic Edition
Online verson of Encyclopedia Britannica.

Encyclopedia of Science Fiction
The third edition of this encyclopedia was published online.

Literary Themes for Students: Race and Prejudice -- 2007
Works included represent a wide range of circumstances in which individuals experience prejudice in American, British and world literature.

Literary Themes for Students: The American Dream -- 2007
Provides readers with an overview of literary works that explore the theme of the American dream.

Literary Themes for Students: War and Peace -- 2006
Presents a myriad of viewpoints, so that modern readers can begin to grasp the complexities of war and its impact.

Literature and Its Times: Profiles of 300 Notable Literary Works and the Historical Events that Influenced Them -- 1997
Provides in-depth commentary on characters, themes, and the historical and social context of 300 most-studied literary works.

Literature and Its Times Supplement 1: Profiles of 300 Notable Literary Works and the Historical Events that Influenced Them -- 2003
Provides in-depth commentary on characters, themes, and the historical and social context of 300 most-studied literary works.

Magill's Literary Annuals
Each year, Magill's Literary Annual critically evaluates 200 major examples of serious literature, both fiction and nonfiction, published during the previous calendar year.

U*X*L Encyclopedia of World Mythology -- 2009
Topics include gods and goddesses; heroes and other key characters; motifs and global themes; major myths; and national or cultural mythologies.

Videos

  • Films On Demand (Select "English & Language Arts" or "Communication" under Subjects)
  • In Search of Shakespeare (2003) -- DVD 104
  • A Light History of the English Language (1997) -- VT 1619

Online Resources
Communications | English | Languages | Writing & Grammar

Communications

  • AdViews: A Digital Archive of Vintage Television Commercials -- AdViews is a digital archive of thousands of vintage television commercials dating from the 1950s to the 1980s.
  • The Citizen Media Law Project (CMLP) -- Provides assistance, training, research, and other resources for individuals and organizations involved in online and citizen media.
  • Maynard Institute -- The Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education (MIJE) works to diversify the face of American journalism.
  • Youth Radio -- Youth Radio promotes young people's intellectual, creative, and professional growth through education and access to media.

English

Languages

  • Languages -- Produced by the BBC, the aim of this webiste is to introduce users to a variety of foreign languages through short lessons.
  • TERMIUM Plus® -- "A trilingual data bank that gives the precise English, French or Spanish equivalent to designate anything from a simple tool or a complex machine, to a disease or plant, association or committee."

Writing & Grammar

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