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A General Guide: English Language and Literature

Resources for literary research.

Why use books?

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Books provide:

  • Comprehensive treatment of topics
  • In-depth, detailed information
  • Background information
  • Context for a topic
  • Historical perspectives
  • Research summaries
  • Bibliographies to additional sources

OhioLINK Central Catalog

Search the OhioLINK Catalog

Search the online catalogs of 88+ Ohio college and university libraries to find and borrow books, videos, audio recordings. and more.

How do I request items?

  1. Look for the green REQUEST button, then select it.
  2. Select your school (Cleveland State) from the drop down menu.
  3. Fill in the boxes with the requested informationshelves fileld with libray books
  4. Select a pick up instituiton and pick up location.
  5. Slect the "Submit" button.
  6. You will get a confirmation screen.
  7. Items arrive in 3 to 5 days

More about OhioLINK. Need assistance? Call 216.687.5020

Scholar Catalog

Scholar focuses your search on items owned by the Cleveland State Libraries. Use Scholar to find books, videos, audio recordings, journals, magazines, and more.  Your search will include materials in both hard-copy print and virtual electronic formats. 

Scholar Advanced Search provides additional limiters for refining your result list.

    Electronic Books and Texts

    SUBSCRIPTION SERVICES   Library PIN required for off-campus access.

    American and English Literature
    Contains many works of poetry, drama, and prose based on books and other sources originally published in print.

    EBSCO eBook Collection   
    Broad subject coverage, including fiction (adult, young adult, children's), biographies and memoirs, literature and criticism. 

    OhioLINK Electronic Book Center   
    American and English Literature Collection; Scholarly and Reference Collection.

    Broad subject coverage; access to selected English language imprints, 2005-2007.


    Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts
    Public domain and open access documents with a focus on American and English literature as well as Western philosophy.

    Bluestocking Archives 
    Bluestocking refers to a woman with strong scholarly or literary interest; originated from the Blue Stocking Society, a nickname for a predominantly female literary club of 18th-century London.

    The Complete Works of William Shakespeare  

    Eserver Books Collection
    Fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.

    The Great Books and Classics of Western Civilization
    Seminal works of literature that have influenced Western culture.

    Open source e-books from the American Historical Association and Columbia University Press.

    Hathi Trust Digital Library
    As a digital repository for the nation's great research libraries, this library brings together the massive digitized collections of partner institutions; initial focus has been on preserving and providing access to digitized book and journal content.

    The Internet Archive: Text Archive  
    Wide range of fiction, popular books, children's books, historical texts and academic books.

    The Online Books Page
    Directory of books that can be freely read on the Internet.

    Perseus Digital Library (Tufts University)
    Covers the history, literature and culture of the Greco-Roman world. 

    Project Gutenberg
    Broad range of older books and collections.

    View additional ebook collections.