Literature in English
209 Spring 2004
A. C. Buehler Library, Elmhurst
Background Information about a Country, Culture and/or Time Period
Online ~ The Encyclopedia Britannica provides scholarly
information about authors, their works, historical periods and
For more information on particular countries,
try the following:
- Library of Congress
- CIA World
- Countries and Their Cultures
(2001). R 306.03 C855
- Worldmark Chronology of the Nations
(1999). R 910 W927 cn
- CultureGrams (2002). R 909.82
- Encyclopedia of European Social
History from 1350 to 2000 (2001). R 306.09403
Books are often good
sources of biographies and literary criticism.
- Use Illinet
Online (IO)to find books held in the Elmhurst College
library as well as books owned by many other Illinois academic
and research libraries.
- Sample Searches
- Works by Jurek Becker-
Browse Author: Jurek Becker
- Works about Jurek Becker-
Browse Subject Words: Jurek Becker
- Sample Library of Congress Subject
Headings (Browse Subject search):
- Wolf Christa (for books
about Christa Work and/or her work)
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- When Elmhurst College doesn't have
the material you need, search the following:
Online - select All ILCSO libraries, then repeat
your search - you can place your own requests by selecting
Request, then entering your ID (currently your SSN) and
last name and following the instructions on the screens.
If you have trouble placing requests, please contact the
Reference Desk (630-617-3173).
- the Suburban Library System catalog, including Elmhurst
Public Library and many other local public library catalogs.
request the book through interlibrary loan.
Articles are often a
good source of literary criticism. Some databases are good
sources of biographies.
~ Includes the Dictionary
of Literary Biography and the Twayne series which provides
criticism of the works of major U.S., English, and world
authors from Aristophanes to the present. Author entries
range from 175-200 pages.The Twayne series is
a good place to start for literary criticism. Dictionary
of Literary Biography is one of the best places to start
for biographical information about authors.
Literary Index ~ An online index to the
print Gale literature criticism series, many of which
the library owns, including Contemporary Literary Criticism,
Poetry Criticism, Drama Criticism, and Short Story Criticism.
MagillOnLiterature ~ This database contains
a wealth of critical essays and plot summaries of those
works most often studied and written about by scholars.
as a companion reference work to MagillOnLiterature,
this database covers a variety of different authors.
There is also a literary glossary.
To access this resource from off
campus, go to Reference/Literature
Sources, then choose one of the Magill databases from
the list. You may also want to look at Accessing
Library Resources From Off Campus.
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page was created 28 September, 2000
by Anne Jordan-Baker~ last modified 2.12.2004 by J. Hill