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Literature

Information resources for literary research.

Background Information

From within Gale Literature, follow these steps to find an entry in one of Gale's Literary Criticism Series that provides information about the critical history of a text. 

1) From the Advanced Search page, search for a text using the "Name Of Work" field.

2) Under the limit by Product/Series drop-down menu, search for "criticism" and select all titles that appear. 

3) Limit by Content Type to "Topic & Work Overviews."

4) click "Search."

You're looking for an article that looks like this: 

If you don't find what you're looking for in Gale Literature, search Gale's Literary Index to see if the content you need is in a print volume in Pius Library.

Books

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. 

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

Articles

SLUth Search Plus searches about 100 library databases, including MLA International Bibliography, JSTOR, Project Muse, and the SLU Libraries Catalog.

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

Browse Authors Quickly find all of the articles in MLA that are about a specific author. 

  • example: Dickinson, Emily

Browse Authors - Quickly find all of the articles in MLA that are about a specific work.

  • example: The Poems of Emily Dickinson

Subject Search -  Find articles in MLA about a specific subject, literary technique, etc.)

  • examples: ecocriticism, ecology, ecocritical approach, nature

Primary Source Databases

Book Reviews

Writing and Citing