English Resources

Online resources for English Majors and other writers and readers

There are many research tools and reference materials available for English Majors. These are some of our favorites:


Edens Library

Find books in our library catalog or use electronic databases, search engines, and dictionaries for research (you must be connected to the Columbia College website to access certain databases).



Get it Write

Look up answers to confusing English grammar questions such as the correct usage of” lay” and “lie” or the semicolon.



Merriam-Webster Online

Provides both a dictionary and thesaurus that are quick and easy to use.


The Purdue OWL

Use helpful handouts on formatting, MLA and APA style, and grammar.


Public Library Catalogs

Look up books in the public libraries of Richland and Lexington County.


University of South Carolina Library Catalog



Online Books and Poetry

Find many classic poems and books translated into online texts by Iowa State University, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Virginia.

http://eserver.org/ (poetry only)




Columbia College’s Writing in the Disciplines

Learn how to write for a variety of subjects such as history, mathematics, or dance through instructions and examples. It also has many other valuable writing tips.



Columbia College Philosophy of Grading

Find out what professors expect from papers and the differences between a B paper and an A paper.