Grammar and Writing

The Purdue Online Writing Lab
Resources, links, information and videos about grammar, documentation styles (MLA, APA) and other issues related to writing for students of almost any level. 

Guide to Grammar
Advice and guidelines for writing from the word and sentence level, paragraphs, research writing, and other issues of interest.

Online Literature

Bartleby has an huge library of books and other literature, including some reference books. Scroll to bottom to access books.

The Poetry Foundation has an extensive library of poetry, biographies and essays about poets, audio recordings of poets reading their poems, etc. 

Penn Sound is a repository of poetry and other literature in audio format.

SBVC Library Resources

Main SBVC Library page.

SBVC Library Databases: Log in to Canvas for password info for current term if you are accessing these databases from off campus. 

Organizations of Interest

Modern Language Association homepage with links to MLA Handbook as well info about the MLA, one of the most important organizations of teachers and scholars for those working with modern languages and literature.

Transferring as an English Major

ASSIST is an online student-transfer information system that shows how course credits earned at one public California college or university can be applied when transferred to another. ASSIST is the official repository of articulation for California’s public colleges and universities and provides the most accurate and up-to-date information about student transfer in California.

California State University, San Bernardino, English Department

University of California, Riverside, English Department

The College Board has a site that can help you find colleges and universities that have English, Literature, Journalism, Creative Writing majors. You can search by major (or specialty within major), location, and many other criteria.

What You'll Actually Pay (don't decide where to apply to until you've read this!)

A lot of students decide not to apply to some colleges and universities because of the "sticker price" we often hear. But the truth is that only those with family incomes well above $100,000 pay that full price. And those with low family income can often pay less to go to private colleges than public institutions. Check out this calculator (courtesy of NPR) of what you'll actually pay for your education per year at over 1550 colleges/universities depending on your income.

Scholarships for English Majors

SBVC Scholarships

English and Creative Writing Scholarships that require completion of the SBVC Foundation Scholarship Application.

  • Win & Bette Carl Memorial Scholarship: Recipients must be full-time students, majoring in English with a 3.0 or higher GPA. 
  • Cleo & Rollie Schmidt Memorial: Applicants must have completed at least 25 units at SBVC with a 2.75 or higher grade point average and be actively engaged in creative writing.

English Department Scholarships
These department scholarships are nomination only. These scholarships require English faculty to nominate students by submitting a recommendation/nomination letter to the English department Scholarship Committee by the last day of February each year. Discuss this with your English instructors.

  • Arbie Villarreal Memorial/English Department Scholarship: This scholarship was created to provide a source of revenue to students majoring in English and seeking to transfer to a 4-year university. The recipients must be sophomore/transferring students with a 3.0 grade point average. 
  • J. Hal Walters Memorial: Candidates must have completed a minimum of 12 units with a 3.0 grade point average. They must be English majors and must demonstrate noteworthy performance in language, literary perception, and/or creative writing.

Off-Campus Scholarships

Go to the Financial Aid/Scholarships page for links and info that will help you find and apply for scholarships from foundation, organizations, advocacy groups, and other institutions. Aside from searching for English major-specific scholarships, also search for scholarships that match your background, experiences and circumstances as scholarships often are targeted to support students with specific profiles.