Need help locating articles, books, primary sources, and videos?
Get in touch with the Research Librarian on-call and on-duty in the Library.
A Research Librarian is here to help you seven days and five nights each week when classes are in session:
Call or text 386-747-9028, or send an email at the link below:
At all other times when the Library is open, call our Information and Circulation Desk: 386-822-7183
These and related subject headings can be used to search for books and ebooks in the Library Catalog, and for books in the international library database, WorldCat, as well as in the Library's periodical databases.
American fiction 19th century
American literature African American authors
English drama 19th century
English fiction 20th century
Feminist literary criticism
Literature and history
Literature modern history and criticism
Scholars point out that often one of the best ways to locate useful--and sometimes quite surprising--books in a library is to physically browse the shelves. The Library Catalog has a "shelf browse" feature which enables you to do this electronically.
However, it is recommended that you take a look at the sequence of books on the shelf, for a particular subject area, to get an overview of the collection and to take advantage of the "serendipity" factor.
A great place to begin your research for all kinds of resources, including books, articles, primary sources, and videos is the Library's Discovery "One-Search."
On the Library homepage, under the heading "Search Almost Everything," enter your search term or phrase.
Discovery is a Google-type search of the majority of the Library's databases and certain other sources.
After you use the Discovery search, you can try some of our other databases and utilize more focused subject term searching.
You can locate both hardcopy books and e-books by using the Library Catalog.
For the most effective searching in the Library Catalog, use the Advanced Search feature.
You can search by subject, keywords, or a combination of these access points in the Catalog.
This sample search combines a subject heading and a keyword.
For a video tutorial on searching the Library Catalog, click below.
The Library's literature collections are located on the mezzanine level, north side.
Within the English Literature (PR) and American Literature (PS) sections, you'll find that the sections begin with historical overviews, followed by separate chronological periods. Within each period, books by and about the authors are arranged alphabetically by the author's last name. Accordingly, critical commentaries about a writer are shelved following books by that writer.
Several Research and Subject Guides have been written by the librarians to assist you in finding the information you're looking for.
For a list of these online guides, which include video tutorials, click below:
Of particular importance for research in literature are these Guides:
WorldCat, produced by the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), is the world's largest catalog of library catalogs. Featuring more than 300 million bibliographic records for books, scores, periodicals, videos, maps, recordings, and other items, WorldCat includes holdings records of more than 70,000 libraries worldwide.
WorldCat / OCLC is the backbone of the Library's interlibrary loan service: