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ENG 200: Critical Reading and Writing About Literature

A guide to basic resources for literary criticism.

Introductory Book Titles

Google Books

Can't find sources in the indexes or catalog on your topic?  Google Books may be your answer.  With Google Books you can search right into the full-text of thousands of books.  It is great for finding sources on obscure or difficult to find topics. 

Catalog Search Tips

Most of the available English language and literature materials are assigned call numbers of PN, PR, or PS.

General Literature Subject Headings:
Literature - History and criticism
Literature - History and criticism - Theory
Poetry - History and criticism
Drama - History and criticism
Novelists, American -- 20th century -- Interviews
Authors, American--biography
Authors, English--biography

Famous authors and book titles can be searched as Subject Headings Also

For particular authors:

[Last name, First name]
Example:      Poe, Edgar Allan

[Last name, First name, dates] -criticism and interpretation
Example:      Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849, -criticism and interpretation


For particularly famous titles:

[Last name, First name, dates, title] -
Example:      Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849 - Fall of the House of Usher

[Last name, First name, dates, title] -
Example:      Crane, Stephen, 1871-1900. Red Badge of Courage.

Finding Books on Theory

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