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Seventeenth-Century Literature: Home

Information resources for research on seventeenth-century literature.

Reference Sources


Search for books and eBooks using the Saint Louis University Libraries' Catalog.

To find the books about the life and work of an author, use a SUBJECT search for the author's name (LAST NAME, FIRST NAME)  in the SLU Libraries Catalog. You'll find a listing of all the libraries' books on that author, broken down by subject area. 

To find the works of an author, search for him or her as an AUTHOR in the SLU Libraries Catalog.

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Journal Articles

SLUth Search Plus searches about 50 library databases, including several literature databases (MLA International Bibliography, JSTOR, and Project Muse.) and the SLU Libraries Catalog.

SLUth - Search Plus


Your librarian recommends the following library databases for 17th century literary research. MLA, JSTOR, and Project Muse are contained within SLUth Search Plus. However, MLA offers advanced search functionality when searched alone. Milton: A Bibliography is not available in SLUth Search Plus.

MLA International Bibliography offers many specialized search options, including the following. 

Primary Subject Author Search (This search lets you quickly find all of the articles in MLA that are about a specific author.)

  • example: Milton, John

Primary Subject Work Search (This search lets you quickly find all of the articles in MLA that are about a specific work.)

  • example: Paradise Lost

Subject Search (This search lets you find articles in MLA about a specific subject, literary technique, etc.)

  • examples: ecocriticism, nature, vitalism, materialism
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Primary Sources

Use the following databases to find primary sources from the 17th century. 

There are many 17th-century primary sources available in and via the SLU Libraries. To find them, search the SLU Libraries Catalog using these methods.

Title Search

Search for a specific text you've read about by doing a title search. 

Author Search

Search for important figures from the period as authors (last name, first name). 

Subject Search

Search for topics or people as subjects and then look closely at the ends of subject categories for words like sources, diaries, correspondence, letters, memoirs, interviews, writings, personal narratives, and works. Those terms indicate that primary source materials are found within those subject categories.

Search for primary sources using the Saint Louis University Libraries' Catalog.

Many primary sources are freely available online within sites like these.

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