These call number ranges hold a variety of books on American literature, and the study of literature: PS : American [U.S. & Canada] literature and PN 1-6790 : Literature-general (including Drama); Criticism. For a more detailed breakdown of the Library of Congress (LC) "P" classification, go to the LC Classification Outline for Language and Literature.
Books that may be checked out of the Library: 3rd floor (Call #s PA-PS). Reference Books(non-circulating. main/1st floor): ROWS 9-11 (PA-PS) : Languages and Literatures
Browse the Stacks Find a useful book in the stacks? Browse in that area to discover other books that might be useful.
The Library Catalog locates books, journals (not articles), microfilm, dvds, cds, and U.S. documents (1976->) owned by the UVM Libraries. There are two versions of the catalog:
CATQuest version and the Classic Library Catalog. Each version has its advantages and disadvantages.
Because the CATQuest search box is front and center on the Library homepage, find instructions for using the CATQuest version below. If something confuses you, use the Classic Library Catalog. To find this link on the Library homepage, click the "Research" link at the top of the page and find the link in the "FIND" column.
Selected Library of Congress subject headings on topics related to African American literature:
Note: in the results list, look for the subheading "history and criticism" to find books of critical analysis on that topic.
|american literature african american authors
|individual author [e.g. walker alice]
|african americans in literature
|american literature african american authors history and criticism
|american drama african american authors
|blacks in literature
|american fiction african american authors
|american drama african american authors history and criticism
|race in literature
|american poetry african american authors
|slavery in literature
|african american poets
|black arts movement
|antislavery movements in literature
|american prose literature african american authors
|african americans folklore
|slaves writings american
|african americans intellectual life
|literature and society united states history
Find Literary Criticism for a Writer's Works
In CATQuest Advanced Search limit entire search to "Library Catalog." Select "Books" from the list in the Resource Type category. Type the name of the writer in the top box. In the middle box type criticism interpretation. Limit search terms to Subject field.
Enrich your research by searching for books beyond the UVM Libraries.
In addition to the databases above, consider:
Book Reviews: Article databases frequently index book reviews. If you find a review (or citation for a review) for a book that looks useful or interesting, check the library catalog to see if the library owns it. If the library doesn't own the book, borrow it through Interlibrary Loan.
Bibliographies: Scholarly journal articles, scholarly encyclopedia essays, and academic-oriented books will provide bibliographies or lists for further reading. If you find a book that looks useful or interesting, check the library catalog to see if the library owns it. If the library doesn't own the book, borrow it through Interlibrary Loan. These are indeed the "low hanging fruit" during the research process!