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ENGL 407 Nineteenth-Century American Literature: General Information
Resources that will assist in research for 19th Century Literature
MLA International Bibliography is a bibliography of journal articles, books and dissertations. Produced by the Modern Language Association, the electronic version of the Bibliography dates back to 1963 and contains over 1.5 million citations from more than 4,400 journals and series and 1,000 book publishers. Online Tutorial
Literature Criticism Online includes Contemporary Literary Criticism, Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, Shakespearean Criticism, Literature Criticism from 1400-1800, Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism, Poetry Criticism, Short Story Criticism, Drama Criticism, and Children's Literature Review. Online Tutorial
Academic Search Complete is EBSCO's comprehensive scholarly database, covering most subjects. It contains more than 10,000 full text peer reviewed journals and magazines. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 15,000 journals. Online Tutorial
JSTOR is a collection of full text scholarly journals in a wide variety of subject areas, providing entire backfiles of key journals. Campbell has access to JSTOR Arts and Sciences I through VIII and XI, as well as specific collections for Life Sciences, Religion and Theology.
This search displays, by title, the library's holdings for over 94,000 periodicals, including scholarly journals, popular magazines, and newspapers (such as Science, Time, and The Wall Street Journal).
Some suggestions for finding information about your poem.
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.
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.
How do you do a subject search?
Go to the OneSearch and type in the subject you are looking for (e.g. Harlem Renaissnance), then hit return.
On the results screen, go next to the search bar and click on the advanced search link
On the Advanced Search screen you want to go to the drop down menu next to where it says Any field and select subject.
Under Material Type (to the right of the top search bar) from the drop down menu select Books/eBooks.
When you've selected all of these, click on the Search link.
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