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Victorian Literature

This guide contains information on how to research Victorian literature and culture.


Books provide comprehensive, broad coverage of a given topic, including background or historical information. Many, but not all, books are written by scholars and published by University presses and scholarly associations. These would be considered scholarly, academic, and authoritative 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 in the SLU Libraries Catalog. You'll find a listing of all the libraries books on an author, broken down by subject area. 

  • Example Subject Search: Dickens, Charles

To find the works of an author, search for them as AUTHORS in the SLU Libraries Catalog.

  • Example Author Search: Dickens, Charles

How to Get a Book

1. Search the SLU Libraries Catalog by title, author, subject, or keyword.

2. When you find a book, make note of its current status (checked out or available), library location, and call number. Pius Library location links are clickable and lead to a call number location guide

3. Go to the appropriate library and floor to retrieve your book and check it out at the library's circulation desk with your SLU ID.

To find books in Missouri's academic libraries (and a few public libraries), search the MOBIUS Catalog

To find books in Colorado and Wyoming, search Prospector. 

To find books in U.S. libraries (and beyond), search WorldCat