: Use the WSU online catalog
to find location
and availability of books and other media in Stewart Library. Most
of the books on literature and literary criticism are located
in the General Collection under the call numbers PS
. Books on Education are found under the letter
to find books in other libraries. Stewart Library Interlibrary
Loan services will order for you.
Subject Searching: Useful
Library of Congress Subject Headings may include:
- Education, Humanistic
- Education -- Curriculum
- English literature -- Study and teaching
- Language and languages -- Study and teaching
- Language arts -- Study and teaching
- Literature - Study and teaching
- Literature - History and criticism
- Humanities -- Study and teaching
- Reading comprehension
- Young adult literature
- Young adult drama
- Young adult fiction
- Young adult poetry
Order books online from Amazon Books
or Barnes and Noble
If we do not own a particular book or article you need, we will
borrow it for you from another library through Interlibrary
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 student 88.... ID number. For
home or off campus access please use your WSU Login.
ONLINE REFERENCE RESOURCES
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.
Reference Bank - More than 46,000 full-text profiles of authors,
artists, prizewinners, politicians, world leaders, musicians and
more. Covers the Ancient World to the present.
Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia - general online
encyclopedia, similar to World Book.
- The Cambridge History
of English and American Literature: An Encyclopedia in Eighteen
Volumes. Full text. Compiled from 1907 to 1921 contains 303 chapters
Lit Finder - Find information on poems, short stories, plays
and essays. Includes the full text of over 70,000 poems. 750,000
poems are indexed from all time periods.
- National Center for Education
Statistics - Primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing
data relating to education.
PRINT REFERENCE RESOURCES
Listed below are some
selected examples. Use the catalog or browse the shelves, under
the PN to PT call numbers, to see many more reference books (dictionaries,
encyclopedias, handbooks, guides, companions, concordances, thesauri,
etc.) on literature and literary criticism.
- American Writers (Supplement) - Stewart Library, Main
level, REF PS129.A55
- Benet's Readers Encyclopedia - Reference PN41.B4 19
- Contemporary Literary Criticism - Stewart Library, Main
level, REF PN813.C6 96
- Characters from Young Adult Literature
Young People Reference - Lower Level
North 028.55.S673c 1991
- Encyclopedia of the Novel - Reference PN41.E487 1998
- The Oxford Companion to African American Literature
- Stewart library, Main level, REF PS153.N5 O96 1977
- The Oxford Companion to English Literature (edited by
Margaret Drabble) - Stewart Library, Main level, REF PR19.D73
- Reference Guide to World Literature - Reference PN524.R44
- Serving Adolescents' Reading Interests Through Young Adult
Curriculum Fastback - Lower Level North
To find short stories
, use The Short Story Index
on Reference Table 3B - 1st Floor North (Z5917.S5C6) -
covers short stories written in or translated into English that have
appeared in collections and selected periodicals from 1950. Search
by author, title or subject.
several good sources for book reviews they include:
- Book Review Digest - Reviews of fiction and
nonfiction in magazines and journals. Search by author and
publication date to find review excerpts and references to reviews
in other publications. Available in print 1904 to present along
East wall in Reference.
All of the article
databases below can also be used to find book, short story,
movie and play reviews and critical articles.
To find articles you need
to use article databases, also known as periodical indexes. Each
database usually covers a group of subject related journals. Search
by author, title, subject or keyword in these indexes. For
home or off campus access please use your WSU Login.
& Humanities Search - Citations from many of the world's
leading arts and humanities journals. 1980 - present, updates
Search Premier - Provides some full text articles in over
a 4000 magazines and journals
Academic - Full-text coverage of many newspapers from across
the US and around the world.
Databases (EbscoHost) - includes ERIC
-- International Index to Performing Arts - Citations, abstracts
and some full-text articles on all aspects of the performing arts
including plays and playwrights.
- Full text scholarly journals
Resource Center This full text literature database is an excellent
starting place for information on particular authors, titles,
- 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
- 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.
BROWSING CURRENT PERIODICALS
Current magazines and
journals on literature and literary criticism 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. Current magazines and journals on Education
are in the "L" section.
The library subscribes to many Electronic Journals. From this link
you can search by title. Useful mainly after you have found a citation,
to check to see if it might be available in full text.
some WWW sites to get you started. Most of these will take you to
other links, so explore!
YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE
GREAT SITES FOR KEEPING
UP ON RECENT YA LITERATURE
Awards - Links to many literary awards from Amazon.com.
Michael L. Printz Award - An award for a book that exemplifies
literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named for
a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long-time active member
of the Young Adult Library Services Association.
JUST FOR FUN
- First Lines
- Test your knowledge! Read the first line, name the book.
- Literary Traveler
- Web magazine on places that have inspired works of