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English & American Literature

Locate Books in Howe Library

These call number ranges hold a variety of books on American and English literature, and the study of literature. For a more detailed breakdown of the Library of Congress (LC) "P" classification, go to the LC Classification Outline for Language and Literature.

PN 1-6790 : Literature-general (including Drama); Criticism PR : British literature PS : American [U.S. & Canada] literature
Z 2010-2014 : English literature - bibliography Z 1225 : American literature - bibliography  

Books that may be checked out of the Library are on the 3rd floor (Call #s PA-PS and Z 1225-2014). Reference Books (main/1st floor):  ROWS 9-11 (PA-PS) : Languages and Literatures  /  ROW 13-14 ( Z 1225-2014) : Literature (English and American) bibliography
Browse the Stacks:  Find a useful book in the stacks? Browse in that area to discover other books that might be useful.

Use the Library Catalog to Search for Books in the Library

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.

Find Books by Subject and Keywords

Use Library of Congress Subject Headings* in the  Library Catalog to locate books on your topic. Click image below (live link!) to be brought to the Browse search function in CATQuest.

Subject headings for African American literature, 19th century literature, Medieval-18th century literature are found in their respective guides on the "Books" page.

Some examples of Library of Congress subject headings on literary topics:

individual author [e.g. walker alice] american literature history and criticism
english literature history and criticism  american literature indian authors history and criticism
english literature women authors history and criticism   american literature women authors history and criticism 
feminism and literature feminist criticism
poets english poets american
english poetry 20th century history and criticism american poetry 20th century history and criticism
short stories english history and criticism short stories american history and criticism
novelists english novelists american
english fiction history and criticism american fiction history and criticism
english prose literature american prose literature
postcolonialism in literature caribbean literature
modernism literature postmodernism literature
creative writing english language rhetoric
literature and society england [also, great britain] history literature and society united states history
politics and literature [look for subheadings...great britain, united states, england, etc.] travelers' writings  
also  travel writing

NOTE: Subject headings relating to poetry are found on the Poetry page. Subject headings relating to science fiction and gothic  (including dystopian and utopian) literature are found on the Sci Fi, Fantasy, Horror, and Gothic page in this guide.

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.

Books Beyond Howe Library

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!