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Use this guide to quickly find reputable sources and save time on your research! Contact your subject librarian or the reference librarians if you need more help. For an overview of how to research efficiently, see Steps of the Research Process.

Finding Materials in the Library

Search CityCat to find books, e-books, disks and more. There are many ways to search, such as Title, Author and Keyword.

Books in the library are organized by call number according to the Library of Congress classification system which groups items by subject, so you can often simply browse the shelves. Here are some relevant subjects and their call numbers:

PQ             French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese literatures
PR             English literature
PR2965    Shakespearean Criticism
PS             American literature
PT             Germanic literatures

 

Reference Sources

Reference books are great for short overviews and background information. There are also reference resources in our database section.

Databases

Use databases for specialized and the most up-to-date information, especially academic (scholarly) sources that are not available for free on the Web. See the Articles & Databases page for a full list of databases available.

Literature Resource Center

Up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on nearly 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world. 

Academic OneFile (Gale)

Full-text articles from leading journals and reference sources. Coverage includes the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects. Updated daily. 1980 -

Academic Search Premier

Full-text articles from leading journals. Coverage is multi-disciplinary and includes full text for more than 3,700 peer-reviewed titles; searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles. Updated daily. 1975 -

Web Sites

Use Web sites supplemental literary research.  It's very important to carefully evaluate Web sites for accuracy, currency, bias and credibility.

Last updated 10/14/13