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Subject Guides


  • American Women Writers
    Call Number: PS 147 A4
  • American Writers
    Call Number: PS 129 A55
  • British Writers
    Call Number: PR 85 B688
  • Contemporary Authors
    Call Number: Z 1224 C65
  • Contemporary Literary Criticism
    Call Number: PN 771 L59
  • Critical Survey of Drama
    Call Number: PR 623 L75 1994
  • Cyclopedia of Literary Characters
    Call Number: PN 44 M31 1998
  • Dictionary of Irish Literature
    Call Number: PR 8706 D5 1996
  • Dictionary of Literary Biography
    Call Number: varied by genre
  • Encyclopedia of the Novel
    Call Number: PN 41 E487 1998
  • Granger's Index to Poetry
    Call Number: PN 1022 G7 1990
  • Harvard Concordance to Shakespeare
    Call Number: PR 2892 S62
  • Magil's Literary Annual
    Call Number: PN 44 M35 1966-current
  • McGraw Hill Encyclopedia of World Drama
    Call Number: PN 1625 M3 1984
  • Oxford English Dictionary
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  • Science Fiction Writers
    Call Number: PS 374 S35 S36 1999

Archives Unbound: Literature, Culture and Society in Depression Era America: Archives of the Federal Writers Project
Access: network restricted
Coverage: 1933-1943
Content: This collection presents the Federal Writers Project (FWP) publications of all 47 states involved in the project, which ran from 1933 to 1943. Forming the most complete collection of publications from all participating states, this archive contains more than 450 individual items, many of which are typed or mimeographed and received only limited circulation. The FWP was a part of "Federal One," the arts project established by the WPA to cover music, theater, art and writers.

Book Review Digest Plus
Access: EBSCOhost, network restricted
Coverage: 1983-present
Content: Indexes reviews of current fiction and non-fiction, and provides review excerpts and over 100,000 full text reviews. Reviews are arranged by book. Includes books for children, young adults and adults. Entries currently encompass some 1,300,000 reviews covering over 550,000 books and grows with daily updates.

Access: Network restricted
Coverage: Varies by title
Content: Full-text Literature journals include: Black American Literature Forum, American Literature, Callaloo, ELH, MLN, Shakespeare Quarterly, Speculum, Transition, Yale French Studies, and many more.

Literature Criticism Online
Access: network restricted
Coverage: Contemporary Literary Criticism (access up to volume 238) 19th Century Literary Criticism (access up to volume 184) 20th Century Literary Criticism (access up to volume 190)
Content: Full-text of the print volumes, offering scholarly analysis and overviews of classic and modern literature.

Magill On Literature
Access: Network restricted
Coverage: varies
Content: Full-text of critical analyses with plot summaries. Sources include Masterplots, Masterplots II, Cyclopedia of World Authors, Cyclopedia of Literary Characters, Magill's Literary Annual 1990-2002, Magill's Guide to Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature, and Magill Book Reviews, Critical Surveys, Magill's Choice: Notable Poets, Magill's Choice: Shakespeare, Magill's Choice: 100 Masters of Mystery and Detective Fiction, World Philosophers and Their Works.

MLA (Modern Language Association)
Access: 1963-present
Coverage: InfoTrac, Literature Resource Center, network restricted
Content: Citation indexing of scholarly research in over 3,000 journals and series in literature, language, linguistics, and folklore. It also covers relevant monographs, working papers, proceedings, bibliographies, and other formats.

Project Muse
Access: Network restricted
Coverage: varies (most titles cover the previous 2-5 years)
Content: Full-text Literature journals include: American Imago, American Literary History, The Chaucer Review, Configurations, Diacritics, Early American Literature, MFS Modern Fiction Studies, New Literary History, The Yale Journal of Criticism, and many more.

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