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Selected Resources for English Classes

Fall Semester 2010

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Library of Congress Subject Headings

Authors (Last name, first name, dates) and individual works are can be listed as subject headings. 
Thomas, Dylan, 1914-1953. 
Hammett, Dashiell, 1894-1961. 
Many subjects can take the add-on "in literature": 
Detectives in literature. 
Music in literature
Also, many subject headings use a subdivision for criticism: 
--History and criticism [for inanimate subects] 
--Criticism and interpretation [for authors] 
e.g. Kerouac, Jack, 1922-1969 -- Criticism and interpretation. 
Ywain (Legendary character) -- Romances -- History and criticism. 
Picture of LCSH volumes 20th ed., 4 vols., 1997.
Kept on the long table by the main bank of EZRA/Web terminals.

 Subject headings will be similar to, but may be different from those used in periodical indexes. 

Library of Congress Classifications (a selected list)

PN    General literature 
PR    English literature
PS    American literature

Locating Books in Library Catalogs

At Wittenberg: EZRA
At other Ohio Libraries OhioLINK Catalog
In North America For ILL WorldCat

Reference Books

General (Poetry)
Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1965. Ref. PN 1021 .E5

Compilations of poetry criticism and explication
Poetry Criticism. Detroit: Gale, 1991- . Ref. PN 1010 .P499

Critical Survey of Poetry. Englewood Cliffs NJ: Salem, 1982. Ref. PR 502 .C85 1982

Literary Biography
Contemporary Authors. Detroit: Gale, 1962- . Semi-annual. Online and Ref. Z 1224 .C6
This continuing set now has over 270 volumes. CA aims to include all nontechnical writers in all genres--fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, etc.--whose works have been written in or translated into English. Includes authors deceased after 1900 who remain of interest to today's readers.

Dictionary of Literary Biography Detroit: Gale, 1982- . Ref. PN 5001 .D5 and selected critical sources
DLB is a "cousin" to CA (above). Also a very large and growing set (over 200 volumes so far), it includes fewer people but gives extensive information on them. The latest volume has a cumulative index to the whole set.

New York Times - Historical File (1851-1999)
Full text of the New York Times from the very beginning. Useful for contemporary accounts of late-nineteenth and twentieth century authors (especially, but not exclusively, U.S. authors). Look here for reviews, interviews and news stories on authors.
For contemporary authors only: Lexis-Nexis Universe.
Lexis-Nexis includes the fulltext of many newspapers going back to about 1982. Search in the "News >> General News" and "News >> Arts & Sports" sections for your author.

American National Biography
Biographies of dead Americans, primarily those who have died since 1980. For earlier entries, see the Dictionary of American Biography Ref. E176 .D563

Indexes to periodicals for English Literature Research

See also: Scholarly v. Popular Articles

Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature(ABELL) Indexes monographs, periodical articles, critical editions of literary works, book reviews, collections of essays and doctoral dissertations about English language and literature published anywhere in the world from 1920-1997.
MLA Bibliography
(1963- ) (Remote Access)
Literature, languages, linguistics, and folklore from over journals and series published worldwide.
Book Review Digest Includes excerpts from the reviews and has a subject index. Witt's book holdings cover from 1905 to present; the online OhioLINK database just has 1983 to present. see also other source for Finding Book Reviews.

Other useful indexes and databases

Wilson Indexes
Covers academic journals in Humanities, Sciences and Social Science indexes.
Contemporary Women's Issues This is largely a social-science databases, but covers some literature, especially as it relates to society. Includes some fulltext.
Academic Search Complete Indexes about 2000 periodicals -- both scholarly journals and popular magazines; covers 1986-Present, with some fulltext coverage starting in the early 1990s.

Locating Journals:

At Wittenberg:
See our online list of Journals the Library Has
EZRA, the library catalog: Web EZRA | Telnet to Ezra
At other Ohio academic libraries:
OhioLINK Central Catalog (Note: you cannot usually get periodicals through OhioLINK)

Web Sites

Online Literary Criticism Collection (Internet Public Library)
The IPL Online Literary Criticism Collection over 2500 critical and biographical websites about authors and their works that can be browsed by author, by title, or by nationality and literary period. Includes a Guide to finding other online criticism.
Literary Resources on the Web
A searchable and comprehensive guide to author information with some critical works included.

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