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This guide is developed to assist students researching topics in literary and cultural studies, composition and rhetoric, and film and media studies. Refer to other subject guides and the tabs below for related resources.
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English Department
5057 Woodward  Suite 9408
Detroit, MI 48202
ph: (313) 577-2450
fax: (313) 577-8618
contact: Royanne Smith,  Academic Services Officer

Undergraduate Program: Robert Aguirre

Graduate Program: Kenneth Jackson

About the Department

The English Department offers degree programs for a Bachelor of Arts in English or Film Studies, a Master of Arts in English, and a Doctor of Philosophy in English with specializations in literary and cultural studies, film and media studies, and composition studies.





    Welcome to the Guide to research resources for English!

    I hope that you will find this guide a useful starting place for your research in English language and literature. I have assembled a core collection of resources available through the Wayne State University Library System, as well as high quality, freely available web resources. This guide is a collaborative work-in-progress. Please feel free to send me recommendations, although the purpose is to keep the guide a manageable size. This is a selective guide, not a comprehensive one.

    I am available by appointment to assist students and faculty with research related to English and literary studies. You may also contact me to schedule research workshops for classes or to suggest items for purchase.

    Judith Arnold

    Librarian Liaison for English Language & Literature

    The guide consists of several pages (tabs) detailing our resources in these areas:

    • Getting Started
    • Faculty & Graduate Students
    • Literary & Cultural Studies
    • Composition & Rhetoric
    • Linguistics
    • Film Studies  (Liaison Librarian: Diane Sybeldon)
    • Finding Books
    • Web Resources

    Additional tabs are available to provide resources for specific courses:

    • ENG 1010/1020
    • ENG 3010
    • ENG 3050/3060

    Recent Publications

    Please forward information about new publications to Judith Arnold,

    Cover Art
    Jewish Representation in British Literature 1780-1840 - Michael Scrivener
    Call Number: PR 151 .J5 S44 2011 Purdy-Kresge
    ISBN: 9780230102897
    Publication Date: 2011-09-15

    Cover Art
    Walking Toward Solstice - Anca Vlasopolos; Olivia V. Ambrogio (Photographer)
    Call Number: PS 3622 .L37 W35 2012
    ISBN: 9780983305286
    Publication Date: 2012-02-05

    The Oxford English Dictionary

    • Oxford English Dictionary  
      The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is the accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words, both present and past. It traces the usage of words through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of international English language sources, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts and cookery books.

    Liaison Librarian

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    134 Purdy-Kresge Library
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    Detroit, MI 48202
    Phone: 313.577.8368
    FAX: 313.577.3436
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    Reference Desks

    Undergraduate (UGL): 313-577-8852
    Purdy/Kresge: 313-577-6423
    Arthur Neef Law: 313-577-6180
    Shiffman Medical: 313-577-1094

    The Writing Center

    Need help with writing your paper?

    The WSU Writing Center, located on the second floor of the Undergraduate Library, can " help you to think through your assignments and the content of papers, to organize more clearly, and to learn to identify and correct your own errors." To make an appointment, call 313-577-2544. 


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