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Selected Resources for English Classes

Spring Semester 2018


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.

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


Scholarly Editions
MLA Committee on Scholarly Editions
General (Poetry)
Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics. Princeton: Princeton UP, 2012. 
Companions to literature - published by Cambridge, Oxford, Routledge, and others, e.g.:
The Cambridge companion to the Beats — Main Stacks PS228.B6 C35 2017
The Routledge companion to Native American literature — Main Stacks PS153.I52 R68 2016
A companion to the eighteenth-century English novel and culture — Main Stacks PR851 .C57 2005
Literary Biography
Dictionary of Literary Biography
Short author biographies with particular attention to the interplay of their life events and their work as authors.
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

MLA Bibliography
(1963- ) (Remote Access)
Literature, languages, linguistics, and folklore from over journals and series published worldwide.

Other useful indexes and databases

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: EZRA
At other Ohio academic libraries:
OhioLINK Central Catalog (Note: you cannot usually get periodicals through OhioLINK)

Web Sites

Literary Resources on the Web
A searchable and comprehensive guide to author information with some critical works included.

Compiled by Ken Irwin,

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