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:
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.
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
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.