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Library materials on literature may be found by browsing in the following call number areas or by searching the library catalog.

PA (Classical Literature) PR (English Literature)
PN (Literary History) PS (American Literature)
PQ (Romance Literature) PZ (Children’s Literature)


Subjects to use in searching for literature resources include:
literature, authors, drama, poetry, fiction, women and literature, type of literature (American, English, etc)nationality of author (African American authors, French authors)

Keywords to search include authors, names, criticism, and African American authors.


A Dictionary of Literary Symbols

Electronic Book

Cambridge Guide to Literature in English

Electronic Book

Continuum Encyclopedia of American Literature

Electronic Book

Continuum Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

Electronic Book

Dictionary of Shakespeare

Electronic Book

The Bloomsbury Dictionary of English Literature

Electronic Book

The Chronology of American Literature

Electronic Book

The Columbia Companion to the Twentieth- Century American Short Story

Electronic Book

Black Literature Criticism

Contemporary Literary Criticism PN771.C59
Dictionary of Literary Biography PS128.D5
Encyclopedia of World Literature PN774.L433
European Authors 1000-1900 PN451.K8
Masterplots PN44.M33
Twentieth Century Literary Criticism PN771.G27
World Literature Criticism PN523.W67










You may access the following databases from any computer workstation on campus. For off-campus access, please follow the instructions found on the library’s homepage under “Off-Campus Access Instructions” or click here for an online tutorial.

General Databases

Academic Search Complete is a valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database.

Humanities International Complete is a valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database.

Literature Resource Center presents biographical information on more than 122,000 authors along with critical essays, work overviews, and explications.

Specialized Databases

The African American Poetry 1760-1900 includes full-text poems written by African American poets in the 18th and 19th centuries..

The American Poetry Full-Text Database includes poems from over 200 American poets from the Colonial period to the early 20th century.

Early Modern Literary Studies is an online journal concentrating on English literature, literary culture, and language during the 16th & 17th centuries.

The English Poetry Full-Text Database contains over 165,000 full-text poems from pre-1500 to the end of the nineteenth century.

English Verse Drama provides access to more that 2200 works from over 500 authors from the Shrewsbury Fragments of the late 13th century through the end of the nineteenth century.

MLA International Bibliography is the primary bibliography in literature and the humanities. It is a citation database with no full-text.

PROJECT GUTENBERG contains full-text e-books that you can read online, download or print.

Project MUSE is a full-text database of scholarly journals in the fields of arts, humanities, and social sciences.


Bartleby.com is one of the best literature sites on the Internet offering numerous reference sources such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, etc.

Internet Public Library: Literary Criticism contains critical and biographical websites about authors and their works.

Literary Resources on the Net is an index to English and American literature resources.

The Literature Network includes online classic literature, poesm, quotes, essays and summaries.

Modern American Poetry provides biographical information on American poets and critical essays on their works….

The Academy of American Poets presents information on over 1200 poems and over 450 poets.

A Celebration of Women Writers contains links on women writers from all over the world. You may search by name, country, or ethnicity.

The Cambridge History of English and American Literature: An Encyclopedia in Eighteen Volumes. This resource, considered one of the most important works in literary history and criticism, contains over 11,000 pages on topics such as poetry, fiction, and drama.

If you have questions regarding any of these resources or need assistance finding
additional information, please Ask A Librarian.