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This guide deals with library research materials focusing on more than one literary form. Additional guides are available for specific literary forms, such as drama, poetry, novels, and short stories. If you need only one form of literature, try those guides first.

The works listed below cover various genres, nationalities, literary periods, and centuries. If you need assistance in finding information on a specific topic within these guidelines, the Reference librarian will be glad to assist you.

Reference Books

Dictionaries, Literary Terms, Literary Movements

• Critical Survey of Literary Theory (Magill’s) (R PN 45 .C74 1987)
• The Book of Literary Terms (R PN 44.5 .T87 1999)
• Literary Movements for Students (R PN 597 .L58 2002)
• A Glossary of Literary Terms (R PN 41 .A2 1999)
• Twentieth-Century Literary Movements Dictionary (R PN 597 .T94 2000)
• Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Allusions (R PN 43 .W384 1999)
• The Fiction Dictionary (R PN 3355 .H46 1995)

Research Guides

• Literary Research Guide: An Annotated Listing of Reference Sources in English Literary Studies (R PR 56 .H27 2002
• Research Guide to Biography and Criticism (R PR 85 .B43 1985)


• Biography and Genealogy Master Index (R CT 213 .B51)
• Contemporary Authors (R PN 771 .C62 or 621)
• American Writers ((R PS 129 .A55)
• British Writers (R PR 85 .B688)
• Dictionary of Literary Biography (R PN 451 .D5)
• Latin American Writers (R PQ 7081 .A1 L37 1989)

World Literature

• Reference Guide to World Literature (R PN 524 .R44 2003)
• Encyclopedia of Folklore and Literature (R PN 41 .E48 1998)
• Dictionary of Native American Literature (R PM 155 .D53 1994)
• The Columbia Guide to the Literatures of Eastern Europe Since 1945 (R PN 849 .E9 S45 2003)
• Great Literature of the Eastern World (R PJ 307 .674 1996)
• Timetables of World Literature (R PN 524 .K87 2003)
• Reference Guide to Russian Literature (R PG 2940 R44 1998)
• Epics for Students (R PN 56 .E65 E67)
• Encyclopedia of Post-Colonial Literatures in English (R PR 9080 .A52 E53 1994)

Women Writers

• A Checklist of Women Writers: Fiction, Verse, Drama 1801-1900 (R PR 115 .A67 1990)
• American Women Writers, 1900-1945 (R PS 1511 .A45 2000)
• Spanish-American Women Writers (R PQ 7081.3 .S82 1990)
• Masterplots II: Women’s Literature Series (R PN 44 .M33 W66 1995)
• Women Writers in the United States (R PS 147 .D38 1996)
• Oxford Companion to Women’s Writing in the United States (R PS 147 .O94 1995)

Southern Literature

• The Companion to Southern Literature (R PS 261 .C55 2002)
• Encyclopedia of Southern Literature (R PS 261 .S515 1997)
• Fifty Southern Writers Before 1900 (R PS 261 .F543 1987)
• Fifty Southern Writers After 1900 (R PS 261 .F54 1987)
• Contemporary Fiction Writers of the South (R PS 261 ,C565 1993)
• Contemporary Poets, Dramatists, Essayists, and Novelists of the South (R PS 261 .C568 1994)

Genre Fiction

• Writers for Children (R PN 1009 .A1 W73 1988)
• Great Women Mystery Writers (R PR 830 .D4 674 1994)
• The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales (R PN 3437 .O94 2000)
• Reference Guide to Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror (R PN 3433.5 .B77 1992)

Style Guides and Manuals (All of these are behind the Reference Desk in Ready Reference)

• The Elements of Style (Strunk and White) (R PE 1408 .S772 1999)
• The Essentials of MLA Style (R Z 253 .A323 1998)
• The Columbia Online Guide to Style (R PN 171 .F56 W35 1998)
• The Gregg Reference Manual (R PE 1479 >B87 S223 1996
• The Quick Reference Guide (R PE 1408 .H6717 1995)
• The ACS Style Guide (American Chemical Society) (R Z 253 .A357 1997)
• The AMA Style Guide for Business Writing (American Management Association) (R Z 253 .A49 1996)
• American Medical Association Manual of Style (R R 119 .A533 1998)
• Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (R Z 253 .A46 P8 2001)
• The Chicago Manual of Style (R Z 253 .C57 2003)
• MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (R LB 2369 .G53 2003)
• A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (Also known as Turabian) (R LB 2369 .T8 1996)

Online Resources

Online resources include online journals, websites, periodical indexes and databases (which may contain full-text articles) and electronic books (listed in the library catalog). The online resources may be accessed through the UAH Library Homepage. Click on the
Online Databases link to search the contents of journals or click on the Journals link to find specific journal titles.

MLA International Bibliography
Literature Resource Center
Literary Reference Center
Oxford English Dictionary (OED)
Oxford Reference Online
Oxford University Press Journals
Project Muse
Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages & Renaissance
Academic Search Premier
Expanded Academic Index
Web of Science (includes Arts & Humanities Citation Index)
Blackwell Synergy

Super Search

With Super Search the user can search multiple databases with one search. An example of a multiple search is Google, but unlike Google, searching with Super Search results in only academic results.

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