The OSU Library now offers several comprehensive literary criticism databases from Gale Cengage Learning to help students, faculty, and beginning as well as advanced researchers find scholarly commentary on British, American, and world authors, literary works, and overviews of literary periods and topics. These databases offer searchable online PDF versions of the well-known Gale reference book series, and include biographical information about writers, lists of their works, bibliographies of criticism, and interpretive essays and excerpts from scholarly books, journal articles, and other publications.
The databases below are available on the OSU Library home page in "Databases" under the "Find Articles" section of the page. Find them alphabetically, or go to the English Department Subject Page for a complete listing.
The PDF page image documents in these databases can all be reformatted for reading (at different sizes), printing or viewing in a separate window, or emailed
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Also from Gale Cengage Learning, for students and researchers interested in film or screen studies, the OSU Library offers an online searchable version of the Gale Contemporary Theatre, Film, and Television series. This database provides biographical and career information on people currently working in the entertainment industry such as directors, actors, and others working in the film industry.
Citing in Modern Language Association (MLA) Style, 7th Edition
To cite sources from the Gale Cengage Learning literary databases in MLA style, 7th edition (2009), cite the essay as you would an essay in a book or journal article with page numbers, and then add the name of the database, medium of publication (Web), and the date of access.
Wagner, Linda W. "William Faulkner (25 September 1897-6 July 1962)." American Novelists, 1910-1945. Ed. James J. Martine. Dictionary of Literary Biography Vol. 9. Detroit: Gale Research, 1981. 282-302. Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online. Web. 13 September 2010.
For additional help with MLA Style, consult the OSU Library’s Quick Guide to Using Style Manuals: MLA at
For more information, contact
English Liaison Librarian
Humanities & Social Sciences Division
Edmon Low Library
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078-1071
Telephone: (405) 744-9773