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Boatwright Memorial Library

Searching in the Library Catalog

The Books & More tab (also linked below) on the library homepage accesses our book and film collections in the library. 

  • If you are looking for books by an author, use the Author search (last name first).
  • If you want books about an author, use the Subject Heading Browse search (last name first).

Most books by and about an author are shelved together, so once you have a few call numbers, you can browse.

If you're looking for a particular short story or an essay, a KEYWORD search works best.  It may be in an anthology, far away from other books by or about its author.

Most works of literature written in English --as well as criticism, analysis, and interpretation about the literature will be in these areas:

  • PE: English Language and Philology
  • PN: General Literature (including creative writing and general anthologies)
  • PR: British and Commonwealth Literature
  • PS: American Literature
  • PZ: Children's Literature

Instruction Video ~ Literary Research & Criticism

Click on the Library Research: Module 2 widget on the left. This tutorial module provides you with information on how to use the databases and research guides to get started with your research. To view the tutorial full-screen, click here.

Books @ Boatwright | Literary Criticism & Theory

Collections & Anthologies

Finding Literary Criticism

Reference Sources | Literary Theory, Criticism, and Biographies