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Library Subject Guides

English Literature: American Literature

A guide for UC students and staff

Reference Sources in Print

American short-story writers since World War II
Central Library, Level 4, PS 374 .S5 .A512

Encyclopedia of American literature
Central Library, Level 4, PS 21 .E56

Encyclopedia of American poetry. The nineteenth century
Central Library, Level 4, PS 316 .E56

Encyclopedia of frontier literature
Central Library, Level 4, PS 169 .F7 .S673 1999

The Greenwood encyclopedia of African American literature
Central Library, Level 4, PS 153 .N5 .G816 2005

The Oxford companion to African American literature
Central Library, Level 4, PS 153 .N5 .O98

The Oxford companion to women's writing in the United States
Central Library, Level 4, PS 147 .O98

Bibliographies

A Bibliography lists all the known books, book chapters and journal articles about a writer and his/her works.

Use a Subject Keyword in the Library Catalogue search to find bibliographies of major authors:

[name of author] bibliography  
eg Ernest Hemingway bibliography

General books about American Literature

Books about an Author

To find books about an author and his/her work, use the author's name as a Subject Keyword search in the Library Catalogue, eg

Literary criticism: journal articles

Use these databases to locate journal articles on your topic

Journals

Over 50 American Literature journals are available to read online...

New Journal Issues

Newspapers

A Search the New York Times 1851-2003 online for book and poetry reviews

Guide to call numbers at PS - American Literature

PS

Level 4

1

Journals

126-138

Biography, memoirs

147-152

Women authors

185-228

By period

185-195

17th-18th centuries

201-217

19th century

221-228

20th century

241-286

Particular regions, states

301-325

Poetry

330-352

Drama

360-379

Prose

400-408

Oratory

410-418

Letters

420-428

Essays

430-438

Wit and humour, satire

490

Children's literature

501-688

Collections of American literature

530-536

By period

537-574

By region

580-619

Poetry

593

by Form

601-615

by Period

623-635

Drama

642-659

Prose

651-659

by Period

660-668

Oratory

669

Diaries

670-678

Letters

680-688

Essays

700-3576

Individual authors

700-893

Colonial period

991-3390

19th century

3500-3549

1900-1960

3550-3576

1961-1999

3603-

2000-

8001-8599

Canadian Literature