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ENGL 407 Nineteenth-Century American Literature: General Information

Resources that will assist in research for 19th Century Literature

Suggestions for searching in CamelCat

Some suggestions for finding information about your poem.

  • Do a subject search on your author's name.  This will give you a list of books about your author.  These books should contain critical information as well as biographical information.
  • Remember to search your author's real name as well as any pseudonyms that they wrote under.
  • Check to make sure that the poem you are looking for information on isn't known by more than one title.  If it is search for both titles.
  • If you can't find information for a poem by the poem's title, you may need to find out the collection that the poem was published in.  When you find this information, look for information about the collection title.

If you can't find any information, ask one of the librarians or your professor for suggestions on where to search.

Advanced Search Suggestions

  • Remember to use Boolean Operators (AND, OR, NOT) in your search to make it more efficient.
  • When looking for information on an author, check to see: if they have a pen name, if they wrote under an alias, or if their name translates multiple ways when converted into English.  If any of these apply, OR together all the possible names in your search. Ex. Elliot, George OR Evans, Mary Ann
  • Take advantage of the Gale collections of criticism excerpts found in Literature Criticism Online.  These excerpts can give you a good idea about the content of a particular article.  If you decide that the article will be useful, the citation information is given so you can find the complete article in the library or request it through interlibrary loan. Show Me

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