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Library resources for literature written in English.
Last Updated: Sep 24, 2013 URL: http://libguides.unco.edu/Lit Print Guide RSS Updates

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I hope that you find this guide useful in your studies and research. You will find most core resources listed on this "Home" page, more specialized tools and resources are listed under the appropriate tab. Let me know if you have suggestions, needs, or complaints by leaving a comment here or, alternately, contacting me directly.


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Articles and Literary Criticism

Generally, the first step in researching an author or literary topic is to do a preliminary (or more thorough) search in the following databases:


When searching for books about a specific writer, start by searching one or more of the following library catalogs using the author's name as a subject heading e.g. Melville, Herman.  

When searching for books by an author, conduct an author search in the catalog. This same search is useful when looking for editors, translators, and film directors.

For Books From the UNC Libraries:


For Books From Other Libraries:


  • Prospector is a catalog of many academic, public, and special libraries in Colorado and Wyoming. With a single search you can identify and borrow materials from the collections and have them delivered to your local library. (more about Prospector).
  • WorldCat.org lets you search the collections of libraries around the world.

For Online Books:


  • NetLibrary A collection of over 7,000 online reference, scholarly, and professional books. To take advantage of some features, users must set up an account (at no charge) under the "Create an Account" link.
  • Google Book Search Search for books to find basic publication data and information about borrowing through a library or purchasing. In addition, you can see sample pages from certain books, and the full text of books that are out of copyright or for which Google has permission from the publisher.

Additional Resources

  • Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (Print)
    ABELL is the British equivalent to the MLAIB and is available in print in the Michener Library Reference Collection.
  • Humanities International Complete
    Indexing and links to full text content for over 1,700 journals in the humanities. Includes all data from American Humanities Index and Humanities International Index. Good coverage of poetry and literary magazines.
  • Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory & Criticism
    A comprehensive historical survey of the most important figures, schools, and movements in the field of literary theory.
  • Theatre in Video
    Definitive performances of the world's leading plays, together with film documentaries, online in hundreds of hours of streaming video. Includes the BBC Shakespeare Collection.
  • Literary Research Guide
    The Literary Research Guide is a selective, annotated guide to reference sources essential to the study of British Literature, literatures of the United States, other literatures in English, and related topics.

MLA Style

MLA Handbook

  • NoodleBib
    Quickly creates APA and MLA style reference or source lists.
  • EndNote Web  
    A web-based version of EndNote bibliographic management software.


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