Shield Shield
JavaScript disabled or chat unavailable.
Help  |  Search  |  Contact Us 
Research Guide: Modern British Literature

Finding Books

Using Catalogs: Use the WSU online catalog to find location and availability of books and other media in Stewart Library. Most of the books on modern British literature are located on level two of the library in the General Collection under the call numbers PS and PR.

Use WorldCat to find books in other libraries.  For home or off campus access please use your WSU Login. Stewart Library Interlibrary Loan to get books and articles we don't own.


Electronic Books: 

  • WSU has a subscription to about 3,000 titles available at Netlibrary.  Netlibrary also includes many titles in the public domain.  You may also use the WSU online catalog to find these books.
  • Many fiction titles and reference resources no longer under copyright can be found at
  • A good collection of online books is available from University of Pennsylvania.  



Reference Resources

Reference resources include encyclopedias, dictionaries and other materials you use to "refer" to. Use these resources for background information on a topic. For home or off campus access please use your WSU Login.


  • Literature Resource Center (includes Contemporary Authors, Dictionary of Literary Biography and other materials) -  Literature Resource Center provides access to biographies, bibliographies and critical analysis of over 90,000 authors from every age and literary discipline. Search by Author Name, Title, Genre, Literary Movement or Literary Themes. A great place to start any literature research project or paper.
  • Oxford Reference Online  100 well-known and trusted dictionaries and reference books in all subjects, plus an encyclopedia, in a single cross-searchable web database.
  • xreferplus   Over 150 reference books covering most fields.


  • Contemporary Literary Criticism - Stewart Library, Main level, REF PN813.C6
  • The Oxford Companion to English Literature (edited by Margaret Drabble) - Stewart Library, Main level, REF PR19.D73 1995
  • The Bloomsbury Guide to English Literature - Stewart Library, Main level, REF PR19.B56W96 1990
  • Oxford English Dictionary 
  • The Cambridge History of English and American Literature: An Encyclopedia in Eighteen Volumes. Full text. Compiled from 1907 to 1921 contains 303 chapters 

Finding Articles


To find articles on your topic you need to use article databases, also known as periodical indexes. Each database usually covers a group of subject related journals. Search by subject or keyword in these indexes. Most indexes are available from off campus. 

  • MLA - MLA International Bibliography is usually the best index for researching literature and literary criticism topics. MLA provides article reference for articles in literature, languages, linguistics, and folklore back to 1963. Updated ten times per year.
  • Academic Search Premier - Provides many full text articles in important journals & magazines in all fields. 
  • Arts & Humanities Search - Citations from many of the world's
    leading arts and humanities journals. 1980 - present, updates weekly. 
  • ERIC (EbscoHost)
    Provides citation and abstract information from over 750 educational journals and related documents from the Educational Resource Information Center. Selected fulltext. 1967 to present.
  • IIPA -- International Index to Performing Arts - Citations, abstracts and some full-text articles on all aspects of the performing arts including plays and playwrights.
  • JSTOR - A group of full-text journals in general science, history, economics, ecology, literature, mathematics, political science, and population studies. Dates of coverage vary.
  • Masterplots - 12,000 entries covering world literature, ancient to
    modern day. Plot summaries, character profiles and author biographies. In Stewart Library use Ref Station #33. Ask for CD at Reference Desk. 


Current magazines and journals can be browsed in the Current Periodicals Area, in the "P" section on the Main level. Bound volumes of older issues are found upstairs in the periodicals stacks.


Want to know what journals we have?  Check our Ejournals Database .

Titles we have access to include:

Web Resources

Here are some WWW sites to get you started. Most of these will take you to other links, so explore!





Research Tips

Updated March 9, 2010 . Please send comments to Judy Elsley 
Weber State University, Stewart Library. Copyright © 2016 All Rights Reserved.

Stewart Library - Weber State University - Ogden, Utah 84408. (801) 626-6403 - Copyright © 2008 ALL Rights Reserved