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ENG 205   American Literature I


1.        BOOKS, MEDIA, & MORE – the library's collection of books, audiovisual materials, etc.


·         Conduct a Subject search for resources about the author and his or her works. Enter the author’s last name first.

·         When you locate a book or other item that might be helpful, look at the items to the left and right of it for similar, useful items.

·         Use the book’s table of contents and index.


2.        REFERENCE BOOK COLLECTION – collections of literary criticism – library’s lower level


·         Literature and Its Times: Profiles Of 300 Notable Literary Works and the Historical Events that Influenced Them  (PN50 .L574 1997 – Morgan 117/118 & Rothrock/Lower Level)

·         Literature Criticism from 1400-1800  (REF PN86 .L53)

·         African American Writers (REF PS 153 .N5 A344)

·         American Writers (REF PS 129 .A55)

·         Black Literature Criticism (REF PS 153 .N5 B556)

·         Drama for Students  (PN 1601 .D595)

·         Feminism in Literature  (PN 471 .F43 2005)

·         Great Women Writers (REF PN 471 .G74)

·         Masterplots II, American Fiction Series  (PN 44 .M33 1996)

·         Masterplots II, Women’s Literature Series  (PN 471 .M37 1995)

·         Native American Literatures (REF PS 153 .I52 W47)

·         Nineteenth Century Literature Criticism  (REF PN 761 .N5)

·         Novels for Students (REF PN 3385 .N68)

·         Poetry Criticism (REF PN 1010 .P62)

·         Poetry for Students (REF PN 1101. P756)

·         Short Stories for Students (REF PN 3373 .S3844)



·         Browse the books in the Reference collection with call numbers that begin with PS.

·         Look through collections of criticism by era, nationality, genre, and gender.

·         When using books in series:

o        Watch for multiple indexes in the books – Author, Title, Critic, Nationality, Subject, etc.

o        Look for the author’s name in the index of the newest volume (e.g.,  12:114=volume 12, page 114). Find that volume (e.g., volume 12) and either go to that page (e.g., page 114) or look for a specific title in the Title index at the back of the book.

o        Some series continuously page their volumes rather than begin each volume from “page 1.”

o        Use the Reference list at the end of an author’s entry to identify additional relevant resources.


3.        DATABASES A-Z – online databases of articles & other documents



·         Literature Online

·         Literature Resource Center

·         EBSCO

·         ProQuest (specifically the Humanities Module)

·         Project MUSE

·         Gale U.S. History in Context




·         Must the author’s last name be entered first?

·         Check your spelling.

·         Consider alternatives: & or and ?

·         Look for a key to explain icons.

·         The library subscribes to this periodicals: The Explicator

·         Use Full-Text Periodicals:  E & Print or Interlibrary Loan, if necessary.


4.        FULL-TEXT PERIODICALS:  E & PRINT locate the full text of an article


·         Does LCCC’s library have this periodical in paper format?

·         Does one of LCCC’s other online databases provide the full-text of this periodical?


5.        INTERLIBRARY LOAN – obtain books & articles the library does not own


·         The library can borrow a book or obtain a photocopy of an article for you from another library.  Plan ahead. The book or article will arrive in 3-21 days.

 ·         Search WorldCat for books at other libraries. Submit an ILL request form to borrow them.                                                                                    

        b.balas,lccc library, 04-20-2012


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