Literature Resources

This Subject Guide gives some suggestions for getting started. The library has many other resources. An important one is the librarian at the Reference Desk. Stop by or call 732-987-2422.

GCU Library Catalog

The library catalog lists the books, maps, audiovisual materials & periodical titles in the university library. Possible ways to search for materials on Literature would be:

Name of a particular author MARY SHELLEY, SHAKESPEARE
Term for literary movement or period ROMANTICISM, MODERNISM
Term for type of literary work POETRY, SHORT STORIES

Use the Power Search option in the catalog to find Item Types like Video, DVD or CD.

Reference Materials


Oxford English Dictionary (also in Print - PE1625.O94)
An historical dictionary of English, showing not only current meanings of words, but also tracing their development over time.

Oxford Encyclopedia of Children’s Literature 
Contains a global perspective on children’s readings and also brief biographies of the authors and illustrators. Includes essays on all genres of children's literature, individual works, and prominent trends and themes, as well as general essays on the traditions of children's literature in many countries throughout the world.

Check Related Internet Links at end of page for other online, public access resources.

Print (selective list – check Online catalog for more)

Literature & Authors

PS153 .M56 G74 2005
Greenwood encyclopedia of multiethnic American literature

PN471 .W455 2004
Encyclopedia of feminist literature

PS21 .E537 2004
The Oxford encyclopedia of American literature

PN451 .E53 2003
Encyclopedia of world writers, 19th and 20th centuries

PR451 .E55 2003
Encyclopedia of British writers

PN669 .E53 2000
Encyclopedia of medieval literature

PS153 .I52 W47 1999
Native American literatures : an encyclopedia of works, characters, authors, and themes

PN771 .E5 1999
Encyclopedia of world literature in the 20th century

PS3511 .A86 Z459 1999
A William Faulkner encyclopedia

PS3563 .O8749 Z913 2003
The Toni Morrison encyclopedia

Literary Terms, Movements, Symbols 

PN597 .T94 2000
Twentieth-century literary movements dictionary : a compendium to more than 500 literary, critical, and theatrical movements, schools, and groups from more than 80 nations, covering the novelists, poets, short-story writers, dramatists, essayists, theorists, and works, genres, techniques, and terms associated with each movement

PN56 .S9 F47 1999
A dictionary of literary symbols

PN44.5 .T87 1999
The book of literary terms : the genres of fiction, drama, nonfiction, literary criticism, and scholarship

PN44.5 .H37 1998
A glossary of contemporary literary theory

Databases – Journal articles
Many articles are full text in the following databases. If an article is not full text, click on “Find Full Text” under the citation.

Subject Databases

Modern Language Association (MLA) International Bibliography 
Indexes books & articles on modern languages and literatures, folklore, linguisitics, and other related topics. 

Full-image archival database of scholarly journals. The most current issues, 2-5 years, are not included due to publishers' restrictions.

Project Muse
Online collection of scholarly journals in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. MUSE covers many subject areas including literature, history, political science, economics, education, film, philosophy, religion, and women’s studies.

Literature Resource Center
Provides access to biographies, bibliographies, and excerpts of critical studies of authors from every age & literary discipline.

General Databases

Academic Search Premier-
Indexes journals covering the social sciences, humanities, education, computer science, ethnic studies and more. Provides full-text articles from more than 3200 scholarly periodicals.

PQ Central Journals/Newspapers
ProQuest Central is the largest multidisciplinary database with over 11,000 titles, with over 8,000 titles in full-text. Subjects areas include humanities, business and economics, health and medical, news and world affairs, technology, and social sciences.

Wilson OmniFile 1982-
Abstracts and indexing for over 4,000 periodicals in many subjects. Full-text for over 2,000 periodicals. To search the literature section of the database, click on the arrow to the right of the Subject Area box and select "Humanities.” 

Related Internet Links
IPL - Internet Public Library/Literature -- - THE place to start.
Links to librarian recommended, frequently updated web sites.
The Arts & Humanities-Literature section includes subsections on Authors, Book Lists and Awards, Criticism, Literature by Time Period, Online texts and Writing.
Very helpful in IPL are the Online Literary Criticism Guide and Literary Criticism Pathfinder. 

Glossary of Literary Theory
Alphabetical list and descriptions of literary theories, such as feminist criticism. Marxist criticism, naturalism, and realism.

Literary Movements
Provides information about literary movements including Realism, Trancendentalism, Captivity Narratives, and Domestic Fiction. Information about each includes characteristics, authors, and techniques of the genre.

VoS - Voice of the Shuttle
Major web site for humanities research. Useful for the scholarly study of the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Literary Resources on the Net
Major links to resources on literature from all periods. Deals especially with English and American literature. Covers women’s literature and feminism. Includes literary theory and cultural studies.

Web English Teacher
K-12 teaching resources, including lesson plans, videos, e-texts, technology integration, criticism, and classroom activities.

EXTRAS for writing help (also check Citing Sources on the library Online Resources web page for style guides - MLA/APA/Chicago/Turabian)

Elements of Style
Rules of usage and basics of composition for writers of English.
Roget's Thesaurus
Find the right word. 



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