Drew University Library

Research Guide:

English 4: Writing in the Discipline
Spring 2007


General guides to research:

Consult these for recommendations for the basic tools in an area.
Reference
016.8209
H289l

Harner, James L. Literary research guide: An annotated listing of reference sources in English literary studies . NY: MLA of America , 1989, 1993, 1998, 2002.

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016.8209
B797r
1998

Bracken, James K. Reference works in British and American literature . Englewood , CO: Libraries Unlimited, 1998.

Encyclopedias, dictionaries and reference sources:
General sources:

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803
C964d
1998

A dictionary of literary terms and literary theory, 1998.

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801.3
J65j
Johns Hopkins guide to literary theory & criticism, 2005.
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801.95014
H399g
A glossary of contemporary literary theory, 2000.
The terms this book clarifies are often ones you didn't even know you needed clarificationon. It provides the tools a starting scholar needs to use academic language wisely.
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820.3
O982o
Oxford companion to English literature, 2000.
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423
O98o
The Oxford English dictionary. 1989.
http://dictionary.oed.com/
Research Resources Literature resource center
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820.90003
R286r
Reader's guide to literature in English, 1996.
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Cambridge guide to literature in English, 1993

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810.3
O98o
Oxford encyclopedia of American literature, 2004.

Reference
820.9
B862b

British writers . Edited under the auspices of the British Council. NY: Scribner, 1979-
This series is all-purpose, with biographical information, critical content and a chronological timeline that includes cultural and political context. For the major authors in the canon, this is a great place to start.     

Focused sources:

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809
C761c

Contemporary literary criticism, 1973+
Covers authors who were alive after 1999.

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809.04
T971t
Twentieth-century literary criticism, 1978+.
Covers authors who died between 1900-1999.
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803
E562e
Encyclopedia of world literature in the 20th century , 1999.

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823.910903 O98o

The Oxford companion to twentieth-century literature in English, 1996
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016.82
C877o
Oxford chronology of English literature, 2002.
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821
Y41Z P261c
A concordance to the poems of W.B. Yeats, 1963.

Social Context:

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973.03
D554d
Dictionary of American history, 2003.
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941.08103
E56e
Reader's guide to British history, 2003.
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941.5003
E562e
Encyclopedia of Irish history and culture, 2004.
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902.02
G888t2
Timetables of history, 1991.
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902.02
M525c
Chronology of world history, 1999.

Bibliographies and indexes:
To find magazine or journal articles, you should use an index, which may or may not include the actual articles. On the Research Resources page of the Library's web site, under Online Resources, you'll find descriptions of specific indexes, arranged by topic.

Bibliographies:
Bibliographies are in two general call numbers. For bibliographies of a single person, go to 012, within which books arranged alphabetically by their subject's last name. For bibliographies of a topic, go to 016, and then add the general Dewey number. For instance, the general number for English literature is 820, so bibliographies on English literature would be under 016.82 - and browse from there!

Reference
016.8209 R432r 1
Research guide to biography and criticism, 1985.
 
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016.82309
P174e
English novel explication/Supplements, 1973-2002.
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012
Y41 J63w
W.B. Yeats: A classified bibliography of criticism, 1990.

Ongoing bibliographies and indexes:

Reference
820.9
E58e

Year's work in English studies (YWES) . London : Blackwell, 1920-
 Gives a description and review on writing done during the specific year. It is organized by time period and gives the most recent research on the literature within specific eras, such as the Victorian or modern.

Reference
810.9
A512a
American literary scholarship, 1963-
An annotated listing of reference sources in English literary studies. It's a pocket guide to sources by topic. This guide is a great starting point to find sources for your particular topic.
Research Resources MLA (Modern language association) international bibliography . MLA, 1963
Research Resources

Historical Abstracts, 1450-
America: History and Life

Research Resources WorldCat.
Research Resources Women's Studies International

For indexes that do not include the full-text of the article, you need to check TWO places:

A guide to the process of determining if we own a specific magazine or journal is available under Research Help/Subject Guides on the Research Resources page.

Questions?
If you have questions, call the Reference Counter at x3588.  We're available 9-5, Monday-Friday and 6-10, Sunday-Thursday. Or email me at jcaldwel@drew.edu!

Jody L. Caldwell/3/24/07
www.users.drew.edu/jcaldwel/Eng4-06
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