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This guide lists key sources of information for English Language and Literature that are available for Kwantlen users. Click on the tabs for different types of sources and useful research tips.

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Literary movements and criticism

Dictionaries and encyclopedias


  • The Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations - collection of over 5,000 quotations, representing key voices and events of the last 100 years and the beginnings of the new century.
  • The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations - Quotations covering people and events from Cleopatra to J. K. Rowling, and the battle of Marathon to the Hutton Inquiry. Special sections bring together categories such as Misquotations and Film lines.

    New Canadian quotations - REF PN 6081 C65 1987, Surrey, Langley, Cloverdale, Richmond campus


Drama and Theatre 



Short Story

 Science Fiction and Fantasy

Literary Criticism - Reference Books

Quick definition: literary criticism (noun) - the art of practice and commenting on the qualities and character of literary works. (From Oxford Dictionary of English)

Find poetry, prose and play criticism

Find poems/criticism - Library databases

Find poems/criticism online - Websites

  • - find full-text poems, literary criticism and poets' biographies.
  • Poetry Foundation- Contains hundreds of poems that were published in _Poetry_ magazine. Use the Poetry Tool in the site's Archive to locate them.
  • Poetry Archive- The site is run by some of today's most well-known poets and contains an online collection of poets reading their works, ranging from Tennyson to John Ashbery.
  • Project Gutenberg - full-text poetry that is out of copyright realm
  • Voice of the Shuttle - Literature- A web database that provides access to numerous links relevant to studies in English Literature, Literary Theory and other Humanities disciplines. The Literature (in English) section can be browsed by period, genre and/or academic field.

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias