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When accessing subscription databases from off-campus, you will be asked to sign in using your campus username and password. If you have any problems accessing library resources from off campus, please contact Rebecca Ciota or Sheryl Bissen.


Newspaper and Magazine Articles

Access World News Restricted Resource Resource contains newspapers
Electronic editions-of-record for valuable local, regional, and national U.S. newspapers. Also contains full-text content from key international sources.
Des Moines Register Resource contains newspapers
The Des Moines Register is the Iowa newspaper with the largest circulation. The link above goes to a page with information on how to access the Register in various formats (online, microfilm, and print).

Additional access options are listed on this page maintained by Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa.
New York Times Historical (1851-2013) Restricted Resource Resource contains images Resource contains newspapers
Complete online access (including advertisements) to the full text of the New York Times from 1851 to 2013. For current access, see U.S. Newsstream, LexisNexis Academic, and other sources.
Times Digital Archive 1785-2006 [London Times] Restricted Resource Resource contains newspapers
Fully searchable access to the complete backfile of The Times of London, including text, images, editorials, and advertisements.
Readers' Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982 Restricted Resource
Provides indexing of general-interest periodicals published in the United States, including full coverage of the Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature. Reflects the history of the 20th century, offering access to information about history, culture, and seminal developments across nine decades.

Databases

Academic Search Premier Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended Resource contains newspapers
An extensive multidisciplinary database providing full text for thousands of publications, including thousands of peer-reviewed journals.
Humanities Source Restricted Resource
Offers worldwide full-text content pertaining to literary, scholarly, and creative thought. Covers the most noted scholarly sources in the humanities and includes feature articles, interviews, obituaries, bibliographies, original works of fiction, book reviews, and reviews of ballets, dance programs, motion pictures, musicals, operas, plays, and much more.

Scholarly Articles

American Speech
Has been one of the foremost publications in its field since its founding in 1925. The journal is concerned principally with the English language in the Western Hemisphere, although articles dealing with English in other parts of the world, the influence of other languages by or on English, and linguistic theory are also published.

For access, please use the tool Journal Finder on the Grinnell College Libraries' homepage.
Journal of Popular Culture
Continues to break down the barriers between so-called “low” and “high” culture and focuses on filling in the gaps that a neglect of popular culture has left in our understanding of the workings of society. 

For access, please use the tool Journal Finder on the Grinnell College Libraries' homepage.
Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts Restricted Resource
Subjects covered include the nature, use, and teaching of language as well as linguistics, phonetics, speech, communication, sociolinguistics, philosophy of language, hearing and speech physiology, and related topics.
MLA International Bibliography Restricted Resource
1926-present. Online database indexing scholarship on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore.
JSTOR Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
Digital repository of complete full-text backfiles of several hundred scholarly journals in the Arts & Sciences, Health & General Sciences, and Ecology & Botany, except for the most recent two to five years.
Project MUSE Restricted Resource
Access to the full text of approximately 350 scholarly electronic journals in the arts & humanities, social sciences, and mathematics.

Library Catalogs

Grinnell College Libraries
Books, media, Web sites, databases, art work, and more.
WorldCat Local
Search engine for books, videos, archival materials, electronic resources, and more owned by Grinnell College and over 72,000 libraries around the world.

Reference Resources

Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE)
Print Location: PE2843 .D52 1985 1st floor Oversize
Since the publication of Dictionary of American Regional English, Volume I : A–C in 1985, this magisterial account of how English is spoken and used in the U.S. has been an invaluable resource for scholars, professionals, and word fiends alike.
Green's Dictionary of Slang Restricted Resource
An unprecedented collection of the impertinent, vile, censored, hip, witty, and fascinating slang words of the English language. Covering five centuries of innovation in all English-speaking regions of the world.  Over 100,000 words are defined; each word is authenticated by genuine and full-referenced citations of its use.
Oxford English Dictionary (Online) Restricted Resource
Contains the complete text of the 20-volume Second Edition, first published in 1989, together with its 3-volume Additions Series, published in 1993 (volumes 1 and 2) and 1997 (volume 3).
Oxford Reference Online Restricted Resource Resource is highly recommended
Fully integrated and cross-searchable collection of over 135 academic dictionaries providing short-entry content, as well as many of Oxford’s encyclopedias and companions and other scholarly works.

Web sites

Urban Dictionary
Written by you.  7,904,079 definitions since 1999. 

Style and Citation Guides

MLA Handbook, 8th. edition (2016)
Print Location: LB2369 .G53 2016
On permanent reserve at the circulation desk. A second copy is available on the 2nd floor and can be checked out.
Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) MLA Guide
A guide to MLA style and formatting created and maintained by Purdue University. Note APA and Chicago style and formatting details are also available. 

Resources at Grinnell

Grinnell College Writing Lab
Room: ARH 132 Phone: 3117
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