Liberal Arts -- Literature Research Guide

Lead Instruction Librarian

Key Databases for Literary Criticism

Power Search - books, articles +more

Literary Criticism -- print

Articles on American Literature (pre-1967)
PS221.L399 (Reference)
PS221.L4 (Reference)
These volumes list literary review articles by the subject author and by about 20 select topics, such as, fiction, regionalism, foreign influence, etc. Scan the table of contents for relevant headings.

Reader's Index to the Twentieth Century Views of Literary Criticism Series.
PN81.P75 (Reference)
This actually includes the index pages for 100 collections of critical essays on specific authors. Horn Library has all of the works indexed.

Salem, James M. A Guide to Critical Reviews.
PN81.P3 (Reference)
Part I: American Drama, 1909-1969.
Part II: The Musical, 1909-1974
Part III: Foreign Drama, 1909-1977.

United States Fiction, 1870-1910.
PS21.E35x (Reference)
Index to contemporary critical comment 1870-1910 on U.S. writers. Research

American Literary Scholarship: an annual. 1963 to the present.
PS3.A47 (Reference)
Annual review of new scholarship on American Literature. Scan the table of contents and the index for each volume.

The Reader's Advisor; A Layman's Guide to Literature. 13th edition.
Z1035.R42 vols. 1-5 (Reference)
Volume 1 covers "The Best in American and British Fiction, Poetry, Essays, Literary Biography, Bibliography, and Reference. Volume 2 covers "The Best in American and British Drama and World Literature in English Translation"

Biography - E-Resources

Biographies (Print)

Encyclopedias for Literature (Print)

The following titles can give you an excellent quick overview of literary concepts, major themes, national literatures, and major works and authors. They are great to use when looking for a brief initial introduction. Most research papers will require additional research into primary and secondary sources; these resources are great for helping initially familiarize yourself with a topic and developing a research hypothesis.

The Concise Encyclopedia of Modern World Literature.
PN41.C64 

Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century. Wolfgang Bernard Fleischmann, ed.
PN774.L4333 3 vols

World Literature and Its Times
PN50.M625 4 vols.

Cassell's Encyclopedia of World Literature.
PN41.C3 1973 3 vols

McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of World Drama, Second Edition.
PN1625.M3 vol. 1-5 

Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics.
PN1021.E5