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English 4640

British Literature : Victorian

Welcome to the library instruction page on 19th Century British literature, including Romantic and Victorian literature and culture. This page will help you use the Internet and the WSU Stewart Library to find useful information for your research. If you have any questions, visit the Library Reference Desk, or call them at 626-6415.

FINDING INFORMATION FROM BOOKS

Use the online catalog to find out which books and other media are available, on what subjects, and where they are located in Stewart Library. Many books about 19th century British literature are located in the General Collection in the PR400's.

Use Worldcat to see resources at other libraries. Most items can be ordered through Interlibrary Loan.

REFERENCE SOURCES ON 19th CENTURY BRITISH LITERATURE

The Oxford Companion to English Literature (edited by Margaret Drabble) - Stewart Library, Middle level, REF PR19.D73 1995
British Poetry 1780-1910: a Hypertext Archive of Scholarly Editions
Literature Resource Center - Full text critical analysis, biographies and bibliographies on over 90,000 authors from every age and literary discipline. Includes all of Contemporary Authors, Dictionary of Literary Biography and selected portions of Contemporary Literary Criticism.

 

INTERLIBRARY LOAN

If we do not own a particular book or article you need, we will borrow it for you from another library through Interlibrary Loan.

 

BOOKSTORES

 

Order books online from Amazon or Barnes and Noble

 

FINDING ARTICLES IN JOURNALS, MAGAZINES AND NEWSPAPERS

ELECTRONIC JOURNALS

OTHER PRINT JOURNALS IN STEWART LIBRARY

 

Nineteenth Century Fiction - PR 1.T8482
Nineteenth-Century Literature - PR 1.T84822
Victorian Poetry - PR 1.V645

INDEXES TO JOURNAL ARTICLES

 

To find articles on your topic you need to use periodical indexes. Each index usually covers a group of subject related journals. Many indexes are now available on the Internet. Search by subject or keyword in these indexes. Use your student ID to access databases from off campus. Some useful indexes include:

JSTOR - Fulltext scholarly articles

MLA - available on campus only. MLA Indexes articles in literature, languages, linguistics, and folklore back to 1963. Updated ten times per year.

Stewart Library has several more Arts and Humanities Databases that may be useful.

 

NEWSPAPERS

  • Use Lexis/Nexis global index to access full text articles in many newspapers.
  • Access the London Times  via the Web. Full text  book reviews are available in the Times Books sections on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday each week. The Times Literary Supplement is available only to paid subscribers, although you may browse each week's table of contents.
  • Access the New York Times via the Web. Full text articles from the New York Times are available on microfilm in the Current Periodicals area of the Library, level one. Use Lexis/Nexis, a Stewart Library database, to search the New York Times back issues, 1980 to present.

BROWSING CURRENT PERIODICALS

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


WEB SITES ON 19TH CENTURY BRITISH   LITERATURE AND CULTURE

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

Charles Darwin Texts - Voyage of the Beagle, The Origin of Species, and The Descent of  Man.

Chartism - By Thomas Carlyle

The English Server - From Carnegie Mellon University

Google Directory: Victorian Literature

Internet Movie Database (Reviews) - enter a keyword, such as the name of a particular film or famous person (Mrs. Brown...), to find reviews of Victorian literary works  that have been made into movies.

Literary Resources -- Long list of links on Victorian British from University of Pennsylvania

19th Century British and Irish Authors - Long list of links to authors in chronological order from Japan


The Pre-Raphaelite Critic - Contemporary criticism of the Pre-Raphaelites from 1849-1900.

Poetry:

British Poetry 1780-1910 - A hypertext archive of  scholarly editions from University of Virginia

The Rosetti Archive - The Complete Writings and Pictures of Dante Gabriel Rossetti: A Hypermedia Research Archive

The Victorian Web - Probably the largest Web site devoted to the Victorian Era, the Victorian Web covers Victorianism, social contexts, economics, industrial revolution, religion, philosophy, and visual arts. Be sure to see the list of authors discussed. It was developed as a resource for courses in Victorian literature at Brown University.

Victoria Research Web - Dedicated to the scholarly study of the nineteenth century in Britain, and to aiding researchers, teachers, and students in their investigations of  this fascinating period.

The Victorian Women Writers Project - The goal of the Victorian Women Writers Project is to produce highly accurate transcriptions of literary works by British women writers of the 19th century. Particularly useful is their list of  related web sites.

Voice of the Shuttle: English Literature - Voice of the Shuttle is a huge site from UC Santa Barbara for all types of Humanities research. See also VOS links to art.

Yahoo:Arts/Humanities/Literature/Periods_and_Movements/Victorian/ - List of links from Yahoo on Victorian literature. Also use Google and Yahoo (http://www.yahoo.com) to find more resources on culture, gender and class.

Yahoo: Victorian Authors - List of links to Victorian authors

Search Yahoo and Google for authors of interest.

 

USING INTERNET SEARCH ENGINES

You can also search for more information on the Internet using one of the several Web search engines. Use the Internet Search Engines tutorial to more effectively use engines.

RESEARCH TIPS AND TECHNIQUES - A SUMMARY


 

Reference Service: If you have questions about any of the library services or need help in searching any of databases, you can call 801-626-6415 or visit the Library Reference area.


Updated December 29, 2008 . Please send comments to Carol Hansen or  Michael Wutz
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