ENGL2500: English as a Field of Study (Gribben)
This guide lists sources from AUM's Library which you can use to do the research on authors and their literary works. If you have questions, please:
- go to the Reference Desk on the Library's second floor
- call the Reference Desk at 334-244-3649 when we are open
- Ask A Librarian by e-mail
Reference books and staff at the Reference Desk can help you:
- find biographical information on authors
- locate literary criticism on fiction, poetry, drama
- explore additional aspects of literature topics
- determine the best sources for finding information on your topic
Call numbers for Reference books pertaining to literature begin with the letter P.
The list of books to the right is a sample of some of the many literature-related books you'll find in the Library's Reference Collection. Please ask at the Reference Desk if you need assistance with using these or with locating additional Reference books appropriate for your topic. Reference books are listed in the Library's online catalog.
Reference books, which are located on the second floor, must be used in the Library.
- Contemporary Authors
Reference: Z 1224 .C58
- Contemporary Authors (AUM)
- Dictionary of Literary Biography
Reference: PN 41 .D53
- Dictionary of Literary Biography (AUM)
- Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism
Reference: PN 681.5 .C57
- Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800
Reference: PN 86 .L56
- Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism (NCLC)
Reference: PN 761 .N56
- Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism (TCLC)
Reference: PN 771 .G27
- Contemporary Literary Criticism (CLC)
Reference: PN 771 .C59
- Contemporary Literary Criticism (AUM)
- Short Story Criticism
Reference: PN 3373 .S56
- Poetry Criticism
Reference: PN 1010 .P62
- Drama Criticism
Reference: PN 1601 .D72
- Shakespearean Criticism
Reference: PR 2965 .S44
Books shelved on the third through sixth floors can be checked out. These books are listed in the Library's online catalog. Also check the database EBSCO eBook Collection for eBooks that are available online. WorldCat lists books in libraries worldwide.
Books in Print, Online, & in Other Libraries
- AUM Library Catalog - books in the Library
- EBSCO eBook Collection (AUM) - eBooks online
- WorldCat (AUM) - books in libraries worldwide
The entire text of many articles is included in the Library's databases. If an article is not in the database you are searching, you may be able to find it in another database or in the Library's Periodicals Collection by:
- clicking on Article Linker
- typing the journal, magazine, or newspaper title into Serials Solutions (AUM)
Journals in the Periodicals Collection on the second floor of the Library are arranged by call number. Ask at the Reference Desk if you need assistance.
You may request articles that are not available in the Library or the databases through Interlibrary Loan.
Literature Article Databases
- Literature Online (LION) (AUM)
- Literary Reference Center (AUM)
- Literature Resource Center (AUM)
- MLA (AUM)
Other Literature-Related Databases
- Granger's World of Poetry (AUM)
- LitFinder (AUM) - includes EssayFinder, PoemFinder, StoryFinder
- JSTOR (AUM)
- Scribner Writers Series (AUM)
- Twayne's Authors Series (AUM)
Why do sources have to be cited?
- to give credit to the original author
- to avoid plagiarism
- to help others find and verify information
You can read more about plagiarism in CQ Researcher (September 19, 2003).
How do I cite sources?
For this course, you'll use the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. Copies of the MLA Handbook are available at the Reference Desk on the second floor. You can also consult Web sites providing information on MLA citation format.