English and Literature Guide

The library has lots of information, both in print and online, for literary research.  See the books/reference menu to do background research on your topic.  Use the articles menu to find literary criticism.

To find journal articles and literary criticism try searching these databases.
MLA International Bibliography (find journal articles, books, reviews, and more)
Literature Criticism Online
JSTOR - Arts & Sciences Collections (scroll down to disciplines to limit your search to only literary journals)
Project Muse 
Academic Search Premier (general database that covers all aspects of literature)
OAIster  (links to digitized articles, books, letters, images, and more) 
Languages and Literature Journals (Directory of Open Access Journals)
You can also search print copies of the Humanities Index found in the reference section.



To find books on your topic, try the library catalog ; you can also search World Cat via FirstSearch to find books at libraries from around the world and request them via interlibrary loan. 

To get additional background information or ideas, try these reference sources: 
Credo Reference
Literature (Oxford Reference)
Contemporary Authors (find author biographies and lists of their writings)

Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism
Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism
Contemporary Literary Criticism
The Cambridge History of American Literature 

The Oxford Companion to English Literature
Literary Cultures of Latin America: A Comparative History


Web Sites 



Internet web sites can also be a good source of research ideas or background information.

Voice of the Shuttle: Literature
Comparative Literature Gateway 
American Memory: Literature 
Poetry Portal 
Nines: Nineteenth-century scholarship online 
British Library: English Literature 
Literature: Deep Web Wiki 
Gale Literary Index 



Research Tips 

Guide to Using the Library Catalog   
See tips and demostrations on how to find authors, specific books, or topics in the library catalog.

Understanding WorldCat  
This guide demonstrates how to search WorldCat, interpret and limit the results and more.

Purdue Owl: MLA Formatting and Style Guide 

If you have any questions, please contact a librarian: or (563) 588-6421.





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