Liaison for Classics, Dramatic Arts, & English/Comparative Literature
Davis Reference Desk
How Do I? Cite Sources? Conduct a Literature Review, etc.?
Through the Carolina BLU Delivery Service, you can request to have books and articles available at any of the UNC-CH campus libraries, as well as books and articles requested through interlibrary loan, delivered to the campus library most convenient to you.
This Library of Congress classification system holds true for any library in the world using the LC system. For example, English language dictionaries will be classed in the PEs; American literature will be classed in the PSs, while British literarute will be classed in the PRs.
Use this Map to find books in Davis Reference.
Use this Location Guide to find books in Davis.
Example of an academic journal article (click on the MUSE icon to view full text)
As with encyclopedic resources, there are indexes for almost any topic that might be supplemental to literary research, and these may be arranged by subject discipline(history, philosophy, religion, art, etc), by period, by region, by gender or ethnicity. If you are unsure of an appropriate index to use, try searching E-Research Tools By Subject and first try the "Recommended Databases."
MLA International Bibliography
A major index of literary criticism, linguistics, folklore & cultural studies. In addition to indexing several thousand journals, MLA also covers relevant books, book chapters, working papers, proceedings, dissertations, and bibliographies.
MLA now links to full-text articles in JSTOR and Project Muse, two major full-text journal collections.
Literature Resource Center
LRC contains the text of the Dictionary of Literary Biography, as well as selected critical excerpts or full text articles from various Gale criticism sets. The Dictionary of Literary Biography provides bio-critical articles on literary authors, as well as some thematic essays. The ongoing print version of the DLB (Davis Reference Row 2 PS21 .D5185 1978 - To Date) provides much excellent illustrative material not available in the electronic version.
Dissertations & Theses
Indexes US dissertations from 1861 to as recent as last semester with full text available from 1997 on.
The sonnet in England and America : a bibliography of criticism . Compiled by Herbert S. Donow. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1982.
Although somewhat dated (1982) this bibliography lists sonnet criticism for varius poets writing from the Renaissance through the 19th Century. Update the critism via MLA (above).
Davis Reference Z2014.S6 D66 1982
The essential Shakespeare : an annotated bibliography of major modern studies. Larry S. Champion. 2nd ec. New York : G.K. Hall ;Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ;New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, c1993.
Given the voluminous amount of Shakespeare criticism, Champion is useful for providing detailed annotations of important Shakespeare studies, including those on the sonnets.
Davis Reference Z8811 .C53 1993
Subject searching for books in the Library's catalog is often best done by beginning with a Keyword Search . Start with a Keyword Search and identify one or more relevant books. Then look at the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) given in the Full Records of those titles. You can follow the subject heading links in the catalog to find similar books, or you can use the terms in the subject headings to revise your search strategies.
Keyword Search: sonnet sequence england history
Search by LC Subject Heading: Sonnets, English -- History and criticism.
POTENTIALLY USEFUL LIBRARY OF CONGRESS SUBJECT HEADINGS
Search for books By a literary author as an Author search; search for books About a literary author as a Subject search.
Author: Cullen, Countee, 1903-1946.
Subject: Cullen, Countee, 1903-1946. .
Subject encyclopedias can be very useful for providing an overview and context for a variety of specialized topics. Most essays will also include a bibliography. A number of reference books from Oxford U. Press are now available electronically via Oxford Reference Online Premium.
The Oxford encyclopedia of British literature [electronic resource] 5 vols. David Scott Kastan, editor in chief. Oxford ;New York : Oxford University Press, 2006.
Davis Reference PR19 .O95 2006
The Oxford encyclopedia of American literature [electronic resource] . 4 vols. Jay Parini, editor in chief. Oxford ;New York : Oxford University Press, 2004.
This provides essays on individual authors as well as thematic essays.
Davis Reference PS21 .E537 2004
The Oxford dictionary of literary terms [electronic resource]Chris Baldick. 3rd ed. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2008.
A handbook to literature. William Harmon. 11th ed. Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Pearson Prentice Hall, c2009.
A very clearly written handbook.
Davis Reference Desk PN41 .H355 2009
MLA handbook for writers of research papers. Joseph Gibaldi. 7th ed. New York : Modern Language Association of America, 2009.
Davis Reference Desk LB2369 .G53 2009
Oxford English Dictionary
A comprehensive dictionary of the English Language that stresses the historical origins of words.
Literary Resources on the Net (Jack Lynch, Rutgers)
Voice of the Shuttle (Alan Liu, UCSB)