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English Composition and Literature: Home

A guide to resources for composition and literature in English.


Welcome to Xavier University's English Composition and Literature guide. Librarians are here to help you succeed.  For more information and quick access to the entire library, please visit our website here. Feel free to contact your librarian for English, Hannah White for individual research consultations and research instruction for your classes. 

Scholarly Databases

Scholarly databases offer a variety of sources, but often specialize in peer-reviewed materials. They are also often rich sources for book reviews and theatre reviews. 

Literary Reference Sources

Need help identifying a  literary movement? Or a specialized term? A writer's biography? Literary reference sources are here to help. 

Poetry Portals

These sites offer extensive collections of English-language poetry, poets' biograpies, audio files, and commentary.

Subject Librarian

Hannah White

Finding Print and Electronic Books

You can search the catalog for books, e-books, audiovisual recordings, and more from the library's main page, or you can use the links below for more specialized searches.

Free Electronic Texts

These web sites offer public domain literary works and other texts at no cost to the user. Most can be loaded onto a tablet, e-reader, or smart phone.