A user-friendly portal to the British Library's manuscript collections. Includes articles about notable works and discussions of genres. ENL 240 students will find the Discovering Literature: Shakespeare and the Renaissance and Discovering Literature: Medieval helpful.
Gale Literature Resource Center (Library Database)
Choose the "Literature" icon in the menu bar at the top of the page. There are two options: The Literature Resource Center which is a compendium of biographies, overviews, full-text criticisms, audio interviews, and reviews on writers from all eras and the Literature Criticism index.
Oxford English Dictionary (OED) (Library Database)
"The Oxford English Dictionary is a historical dictionary of English, covering the language from the earliest times to the present day. Entries contain detailed etymological analysis, and are illustrated by quotations from a wide range of English language sources from around the world. Updated quarterly."