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ENG 281: American Lit to 1860 (2013): Books

A guide to research for students in Professor Michelle Abate's class, created by librarians Joan Ruelle and Maryke Barber

Find Books

Key Terms

These terms, used in the official Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) can be used as key words in searching our catalog, Worldcat and other databases:

Criticism and interpretation (add to author name)

official LCSH example:Melville, Herman, 1819-1891 -- Criticism and interpretation

History and criticism (add to literature + period)

official LCSH examples:

American Literature -- Colonial Period -- History and criticism

American Literature -- Revolutionary period, 1775-1783 -- History and criticism

American Literature -- 1783-1850 -- History and criticism

American Literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism

 

Authorship -- History (add century)

official LCSH examples:


Authorship -- History -- 18th century

Authorship -- History -- 19th century

 

 

Some examples of books that you can check out

Catalog searching tips

  •  Subject Search: To find materials written ABOUT your subject. 
    • When viewing items, change Sort to “Reverse Year” to see newest items at top.
    • Search by last name first, then first name.
  • Author Search: To find materials written BY your subject.
    • Search by last name first, then first name.
  • Keyword (or Word) Search
    •  Will provide mix of materials, some by and some about your subject.
    • Will reveal materials that would not have appeared through author or subject search (e.g., if your subject was listed in the Table of Contents). 
    •  Use additional search terms such as "criticism" (in addition to your subject's name or the book's title) to help narrow your results.