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This guide is a starting point for research at the Dulaney-Browne Library in the discipline of Literature. If you're looking for a quick start, refer to the instructions below. For more depth, click the blue tabs immediately above.
To find a book, use the SEARCH the Library Catalog tab. Use the dropdown menu to the right of the search box to refine your search. Results from the catalog may include ebooks.
To find journal articles, use the SEARCH EBSCOhost tab above.
To find reference information, try the SEARCH Oxford Reference tab above.
To find an ebook, use the SEARCH Ebrary tab.
You may request books or articles that are unavailable at our library through our Interlibrary Loan service.
The library pays for access to many of the sources in this guide. If your computer isn't connected through the OCU network, it will prompt you before granting you access to those resources. To log in, use the same username and password you use to access BlueLink and Desire2Learn. The log in looks like this:
The databases below are the best resources for research in literature and literary criticism. Most (but not all) of the articles come from peer-reviewed journals. This is a great place to find secondary resources.
To review how to search with Boolean operators, take this brief, interactive tutorial from Colorado State.
EBSCOhost databases - the following databases found within the EBSCOhost interface are ideal for finding scholarly literature and literary criticism research. You may search them individually (just click on the link) or search them all at once (click "Choose Databases" on the EBSCOhost Search Page). Not all articles will be scholarly, so be sure to evaluate each article.
Academic Search Complete – comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database.
Humanities International Complete – resource for students, researchers, and educators interested in all aspects of the humanities, with worldwide content pertaining to literary, scholarly and creative thought.
MLA International Bibliography – THE database for conducting research in literature. Subjects consist of literature, language and linguistics, folklore, literary theory & criticism, dramatic arts, as well as the historical aspects of printing and publishing. Listings on rhetoric and composition and the history, theory and practice of teaching language and literature are also included.
Other useful EBSCOhost databases (usually not scholarly) - these EBSCO databases contain useful information for the researcher that is specialized (e.g. reviews, publishing information)
Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts – useful for finding reviews of fiction and non-fiction and bibliographies.
MLA Directory of Periodicals – Interested in publishing? Use this database to find editorial contact information and submission guidelines for over 4,400 journals.
Other Databases - the library also subscribes to these standalone databases. Be sure to include them in your overall research strategy.
Project Muse – Collection of scholarly journals in the humanities and social sciences.
JSTOR – Full-text database of older scholarly journal articles including botany, humanities, education, history, social science, political science, social science, music, business, and statistics.
Click on Languages & Literatures to find electronic and print journals in the field of Literature available in the Dulaney-Browne Library. Please select the subcategory of your choice to see journal titles.
To find materials related to literature in the library, use the SEARCH the Library Catalog tab at the top of this page. While the search default is Keyword Relevance, you can use the drop-down menu to select other types of searches. If you're not sure where to begin, click on the suggested subject links below:
Literature Use for Western Literature.
Additional subject terms can be found in the Library of Congress Subject Headings.
Most literature books in Dulaney-Browne Library are found in the call number range 800 through 890 in the reference area on the first floor and in the main collection on the third floor.
You can also search our Ebrary ebook collection from the SEARCH Ebrary tab above.
To find books in other libraries and obtain them through interlibrary loan, use WorldCat.
Introduction to Modern Literary Theory is maintained by Dr. Kristi Siegal of Mount Mary College.
Online Literary Criticism Collection–Internet Public Library links to critical and biographical websites about authors and their work.
Perspectives in American Literature is maintained by Dr. Paul P. Reuben of California State University, Stanislaus.
The Poetry Foundation "is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience."
Purdue OWL: Literary Theory and Schools of Criticism is a site designed to "help you begin the process of understanding literary theory and schools of criticism and how they are used in the academy."
Voice of the Shuttle is a web site for humanities research maintained by the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara.