ENGL2500: English as a Field of Study (Gribben)

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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 Sources

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.

Literary Biography

Literary Criticism

  • 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 not available in the AUM Library or through EBSCO eBook Collection can be requested from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan or Universal Borrowing.

Books in Print, Online, & in Other Libraries

Journal Articles & More

You'll often need to find journal articles on your topic. To find articles, use the Library's online databases which are accessible off campus.

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

Other Literature-Related Databases


Citing Your Sources

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.

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