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English: Literary Research: Books

This Library Guide will help students in the English Composition find the resources they need for their literary research

Library Resources

OneVU Library Catalog

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Before Getting Started

Before Getting Started

  • Determine what type of literature you're dealing with:
    • Novel?
    • Short Story?
    • Play?
    • Modern or Classical?
    • American or Foreign?
  • ​What type of Information do you need:
    • Biographical info about the author?
    • Essays discussing specific novels or plays?
    • Both?

If you don't know where to start, ask a librarian for help.

Recommended Print Books

Dewey Classifications for Literary Research

Explore these sections for more resources:

810s American literature in English
820s English & Old English literatures
830s German & related literatures
840s Literatures of Romance languages
850s Italian, Romanian, Rhaeto-Romanic
860s Spanish & Portuguese literatures
870s Italic literatures; Latin literature
880s Hellenic literatures; Classical Greek
890s Literatures of other languages




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InterLibrary Loan

Interlibrary Loan

If you can't find what you need, don't give up!  We can get almost anything for you by borrowing it from another library!

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