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EN 211A College Composition II:
Literature and Writing

Professor Stephen Burn

Library Resource Guide

Literary Criticism and Biographical Information Sources

Literature Resource Center
Provides full text access to three recognized author collections from Gale Publishers--Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Literary Criticism, and Dictionary of Literary Biography--along with over 300 journals, a variety of other important reference works, and selected Web sites. For best results, change the drop-down menu on the search screen to "All Text (tx)" when searching for your particular work.

Library Catalog
When looking for literary criticism or biographical information in the library catalog, enter the author's name, last name first (ex. Stein, Gertrude) and select Subject Browse from the pull-down menu.  Pay particular attention to the subheading Criticism and Interpretation (Stein, Gertrude - Criticism and Interpretation).

Google Books
Google Books is a better finging aid than the library catalog because it searches the full text of books. Google also makes portions of some books available for free. If you want to determine if Olson Library owns the print copy of a book, click on the title of the book and then the Find in a Library link located on the left.

Google Scholar
Google's index to scholarly literature. Covers all subjects and disciplines. Look for the "Full-Text @ NMU" link to obtain an electronic copy of the article or the "Locate a print copy @ NMU" to see if the library has the item in our print collection.

MLA International Bibliography (1926-present)
Another index to scholarly publications of all kinds (books, articles, theses, etc.) in the field of literature. Use the button to determine if the library owns a particular book or journal article.

Additional Sources for Those Hard to Find Authors/Works

Biography Reference Bank
Both a full text database and index to biographical information including biographical profiles, feature articles, interviews, essays, book reviews, performance reviews, speeches, or obituaries on individuals living and deceased.

Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (1920-2005)
Books, LRC 3rd Floor: PE 10 .M69
An international bibliography of scholarship about English language and literature published annually by the Modern Humanities Research Association in Cambridge, England. While each year must be searched individually, this source compliments the MLA International Bibliography and contains many sources not found in the MLA bibliography. Consult the index for particular authors.

Articles on Twentieth Century Literature
Reference Collection: PN 771 .P66
Twentieth-Century Short Story Explication
Reference Collection: PN 3373 .W35
These two sources are bibliographies listing articles on a wide variety of authors and works.

Book Review Index (1965-2003)
Indexes Collection: Z 1035 .A1 B6
Another source of potential book reviews.


Borrowing Materials From Other Libraries

Interlibrary Loan allows you to obtain materials not owned by Olson Library.  Materials such as books and periodical articles, among other sources, can be borrowed from other libraries.  The average time to receive requested materials is 1-2 weeks and you will be notified by email when your items arrive.  Consult the above link to submit a request and for further details.


MLA Style

MLA Style Guide
Reference Collection: LB 2369 .G53.
Examples of how to cite some of the more common sources, including web sites and online articles, according to the most recent edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.  Consult the Handbook in the library reference collection for sources not listed at this site.


Need Further Assistance?

Stop by the Reference Desk for further assistance with any of these sources.  You can also contact the Reference Desk through live chat or by phone at 227-2294.



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