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Research and Writing

Welcome to the Research Guide for Research and Writing.

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The research and writing project for this course allows you to focus on one of the following writers: C.S. Lewis, Harper Lee, Mark Twain, G. K. Chesterton, Jane Austen, or George Orwell. Electronic Resources are linked from here and from the Electronic Resources heading on the library home page. Check to see what the PHC Library has on the shelves using the online catalog,Voyager.

Peer tutoring, Monday - Thursday, 7 - 10 PM in the Library Study Center. Librarians are also available. You can drop in, call 540-441-8400, or email askalibrarian@phc.edu. If you would like a librarian's undivided attention, make an appointment! Let us help you!
Turabian is the proper citation format for this project.



  • OED - The Oxford English Dictionary is the definitive work on the English language and a great place to start for general information if you are unfamiliar with an author or term. OED includes the first use of the word and changes in meaning over time.
  • Literary Reference Center is a full-text literary reference database with information combined from literary reference works, journals, and books.

  • Masterplots provides fundamental reference data, plot synopses where applicable, and critical evaluations of a comprehensive selection of English-language and world literature that has been translated into English.

  • JSTOR contains hundreds of scholarly journal articles in a wide range of disciplines. Issues from the most recent two to five years for each title are not included in this collection.

  • ProQuest Research Libary and Academic Search Premier provide access to 1,000's of articles in the broad areas of social sciences and law, many with full-text, images and graphics. If you are new to database searching, you will find these two easy to navigate.

  • eBooks provides access to over 65,000+ academic, full-text, electronic books that can be accessed immediately on your computer. On first use, patrons are prompted to create a userID and password for future access. Books can be checked out for download for a 2 week period.

Internet Resources

Various websites have as their goal to provide access to sholarly information regarding specific authors. The following websites have been selected as CAAR - current, authoritative, accurate, and relevant:

  • Jane Austen's World, developed by the Jane Austen Society of North America, links to scholarly articles relating to the everyday life in Regency England.

  • American Chesterton Society reveals Chesterton as one of the most quoted writers in the English language, touching on issues of theology, social justice, intellectual life, the arts, and human dignity.

  • Christian Classics Ethereal Library (CCEL) includes pertinent topics and quotes, such as:

    "The true object of all human life is play. Earth is a task garden, heaven is a playground"
    "Being content ought to mean in English, as it does in French, being pleased... not... resigned... but appreciating all there is in such a position."

    G. K. Chesterton 

  • George Orwell Diaries available online and searchable by keyword.

  • Mark Twain Project, developed by University of California Berkley's Library, provides accurate and exhaustive resources in studying all things Twain.

Reference Works

PHC Writer's Manual, Rules of Thumb: Writing in the Core, provides specific guidelines and helpful suggestions for developing excellence in writing.

Research Tips

  • Search by Subject: Click on a subject term in the record of a book to search for other books on the same subject.

  • Once you locate a helpful book or article, you may find other helpful resources listed in the item’s bibliography.

  • OWL (Online Writing Lab) provides detailed information on proper Turabian citation and helpful writing tips.

Created: Thornhill, 2011. Updated: Prof. Brown-Conroy/Thornhill, 2012. Updated: Dr. Les Sillars/Thornhill, 2014, 2015, 2016. 


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