Use the WSU online
to find location and availability of books and other media
in Stewart Library. Circulating books are found in the General Collection
under the call numbers "PS1" and "PN1." There
are also related videos and other media in the Media collection on
the lower level.
Cat to find books in other libraries. Use Interlibrary
Loan to order materials not owned by Stewart Library.
For home or off campus access please
use your WSU Login.
Use the term "Criticism" and the name of an author or
title in the catalog to find books analyzing specific author's works.
For example: enter criticism Frost as a general keyword search
in the catalog. Other useful subject headings may include: Literature
- History and Criticism, Rhetoric, Deconstruction, Feminist Criticism,
Formalism, and Literary Analysis.
- A searchable collection of electronic books on many subjects.
Order books online from Amazon Books
orBarnes 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 WSU Login.
ONLINE REFERENCE RESOURCES
Resource Center (includes Contemporary Authors, Dictionary
of Literary Biography and other materials) - Literature
Resource Center provides fulltext 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.
- Academy of American Poets
- Encyclopedia of poetry and poets with exhibits and audio files.
- Lit Finder - Full
text of over 70,000 poems. 750,000 poems are indexed from all
time periods. Also access stories, essays, speeches and plays.
PRINT REFERENCE RESOURCES
Listed below are some
selected examples. Use the catalog or browse the shelves to see
many more reference books on literature and literary criticism.
- American Writers (Supplement)- Stewart Library, REFERENCE
- Contemporary Literary Criticism - Stewart Library, REFERENCE
- The Oxford Companion to African American Literature
- Stewart library, REFERENCE PS153.N5 O96 1977
several good sources for book reviews they include:
Search Premier - Full text to over 4000 magazines and journals
in Print with Reviews - Some full text reviews.
- search for a book by author or title, scroll down to see both
editorial reviews and review excerpts from major publications and
customer reviews from interested readers
- Search and view full text of back issues of The Atlantic Monthly
that have appeared on the Web. From November, 1995, to the present.
New York Times Book Reviews - Search the books archive for full
text book reviews and news since 1996.
New York Review of Books - over 20 full text reviews and article
from each issue are available online. Also includes the complete
table of contents for each issue and an excellent searchable archive.
The article databases listed below can also be used to find
book reviews and critical 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 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
& Humanities Search - Citations from many of the world's
leading arts and humanities journals. 1980 - present, updates
- Academic Search
Elite - Provides some full text articles in over a thousand
magazines and journals
-- International Index to Performing Arts - Citations, abstracts
and some full-text articles on all aspects of the performing arts
including plays and playwrights.
- A group of full-text journals in many subjects, including
literature. Dates of coverage vary.
Academic - Full-text coverage of many newspapers from
across the US and around the world.
- 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.
- Many other newspapers
and broadcast news services are available on the Web.
BROWSING CURRENT PERIODICALS
Current magazines and
journals on literature and literary criticism can be browsed in
the Current Periodicals Area, including:
- Critique PN1. C934
- Contemporary Literature PN1.C761
- American Literature PS1 .A512
- Latin American Literary Review PS1. L357
- Quarterly West PS1. Q974
Fiction Studies PS1. M689
- Mosaic PN 1.M894
Bound volumes of older
issues are found upstairs in the periodicals stacks.
some WWW sites to get you started. Most of these will take you to
other links, so explore!
OTHER INTERESTING LINKS
Kicks - Web site devoted to the Beats.
- The Writers Guild of America
- The official Web site of the Writers Guild of America, with
information on screen writing for film, television, and
interactive projects. It includes writing tips, research links,
and script pages.
Awards - Links to many literary awards from Amazon.com.
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