Department of English

Department of English

Student Resources

Links to resources on learning, research, and student life

Digital Resources

  • Oxford English Dictionary

A reliable and regularly updated online dictionary with useful historical contexts and examples for each work. Requires log in with your York College barcode (back of your ID) if using outside of campus.

  • CUNY Academic Commons

Build your own websites for free with a non-proprietary Wordpress installation (i.e. ad free). You can have blogs, portfolios, and join discussion groups.

  • New York Public Library Digital CollectionsContains over 600,000 digitized items from the collections of the New York Public Library. According to the NYPL: "this site is a living database with new materials added every day, featuring prints, photographs, maps, manuscripts, streaming video, and more."
  • Internet ArchiveThe Internet Archive was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.
  • Project Gutenberg

A digital collection of over 59,000 e-books in the Public Domain. Free to use, download, and read.

  • Occupational Outlook Handbook 

Read information, statistics, background, and data about pay on various occupations.

  • Chronicle of Higher Education

Articles on teaching and research at the college level. 

  • LinkedIn Learning for students (Formerly known as Use York network account to log in)

Tutorial videos on a diverse range of applications including Adobe Creative Suite and Office 365 suite such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, SPSS, EndNote, etc. Content covers a wide range of subjects including "soft skills", coding, leadership development, business writing, and creativity.

  • The Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms

Useful for any literature classes! Includes information on theoretical and analytical terms throughout history, "such as feminism, and schools of American poetry, Spanish verse forms, life writing, and crime fiction ... It includes extensive coverage of traditional drama, versification, rhetoric, and literary history, as well as updated and extended advice on recommended further reading and a pronunciation guide to more than 200 terms."

Graduate School Resources

  • Graduate School Information Handbook
  • Preparatory Programs CUNY PipelineRutgers REDIFutures Initiative Leadership
  • Graduate Programs at CUNY Masters ProgramsLiberal Studies (Graduate Center, College of Staten Island)Digital Humanities (Graduate Center)Comparative Literature (Graduate Center)Linguistics (Graduate Center)Women's and Gender Studies (Graduate Center)Creative Writing (Brooklyn College, Hunter College, Queens College, The City College of New York)English (Brooklyn College, College of Staten Island, Hunter College, Lehman College, Queens College)Library Science (Queens College)Journalism (Craig Newmark Graduate School Of Journalism At CUNY)PhD (Doctoral) ProgramsEnglish (Graduate Center)Comparative Literature (Graduate Center)Latin American, Iberian, & Latino Cultures (Graduate Center)
  • GRE and GRE prep (paid online course)


Use this site to get a sense of how many jobs are posted in Rhetoric and Composition and what kinds of areas of focus and skill sets they tend to require.

These Wikis include information from authors about the publication process. While this might not be as useful during one's undergraduate career, you can use these to keep a running list of important journals in your desired field of study.

Collaborative Learning CenterThe York College Collaborative Learning Center provides writing tutoring for all York College students. Tutors work with students on all aspects of the writing process.

Writing RequirementsYork College has a “spiral” writing curriculum, in which students are required to take at least five courses that include not only significant amounts of writing, but also specific instruction in the writing process.

Writing 300 Advice and FAQWe always ask students finishing their Writing Program course to tell us what they think about the course, and what they would tell a student about to take Writing 301, 302, or 303. Here's some of what they say! You will also find here Frequently Asked Questions about the College-Wide Writing Program.

The York ReviewConsider submitting to the York Review! The York Review is a collection of essays and fiction written by students in a variety of courses. We accept works in a wide range of genres and publish once a year.

Writing Intensive CoursesStudents are required to complete three (3) WI courses for graduation, two in the lower-division (100- and 200-level courses) and one in the upper-division (300- and 400-level courses) in the major course design.

Grading PoliciesHere students will find the grading policies of York College.

Writing and Research ResourcesResources to aid students in conducting research, integrating and documenting sources, and more fully engaging the writing process.

CUNY Graduate Programs in EnglishLinks to the websites for the graduate programs in English across CUNY.

Additional Graduate School ResourcesUseful resources to aid students in preparing for graduate school and choosing a graduate program.

Resources for Students Seeking Support