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Online dictionaries

Oxford Reference Online

Dictionaries include:

  • A Dictionary of Critical Theory
  • A Dictionary of Writers and their Works (2 ed.)
  • Oxford Dictionary of English Idioms (3 ed.)
  • The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (3 ed.)
  • The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)
  • The Oxford Dictionary of Plays
  • The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction

Printed dictionaries

Online literature reference material

Oxford Reference Online

A comprehensive collection of Oxford's reference titles, organised into various subject categories. Contains the full text of over 40 literature reference books. Titles include:

  • An A-Z Guide to Shakespeare (2 ed.)
  • The Oxford Companion to American Literature (6 ed.)
  • The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature (3 ed.)
  • The Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writing
  • The Oxford Companion to English Literature (7 ed.)
  • The Oxford Companion to Modern Poetry (2 ed.)
  • The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare
  • The Oxford Companion to the Brontës
  • An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age
  • The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature
  • The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature
  • The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature
  • The Oxford Guide to Literary Britain & Ireland (3 ed.)
  • Oxford Reader's Companion to Dickens

Literature Online

17 full text literature reference works can be searched individually or as a group from the 'Reference' search page. Titles include:

  • Encyclopedia of African Literature
  • Encyclopedia of American Poetry: The Nineteenth Century
  • Encyclopedia of Latin American and Caribbean Literature 1900-2003
  • Encyclopedia of the Novel
  • Handbook of African American Literature
  • The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics
  • Routledge Encyclopedia of Linguistics
  • Routledge Encyclopedia of Narrative Theory
  • Routledge Encyclopedia of Post-Colonial Literatures in English (2 ed.)
  • A Shakespeare Glossary

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