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Literary Criticism: In the Library

This is a guide to the Library's collection in Literary Criticism. It is not comprehensive, but rather provides a good starting point for research. From these sources you may locate other related works.

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Search multiple databases and the library catalog.

Type in keywords, titles, or authors to find what the library has to offer on your topic.

Lookup a journal article by DOI or PMID



If you have a DOI or a PubMed ID (PMID), enter it here to begin your request. This will point you to immediate full-text access through our subscriptions or Open Access (if available).

Call Numbers

If you want to browse the collection, these are some call numbers where you can find books about Literature.

  • PN1-6790 -- Literary History and Collections (General)
  • PN80-99 -- Criticism
  • PN 101-245 -- Authorship
  • PN 441-1009.5 -- Literacy History
  • PN1010-1551 -- Poetry
  • PN1560-1590 -- The Performing Arts. Show Business
  • PN1600-3307 -- Drama
  • PN3311-6790 --Literary History and Collections (General)
  • PQ1-3999 -- French Literature
  • PQ4001-5999 -- Italian Literature
  • PQ6001-8929 -- Spanish Literature
  • PQ9000-9999 -- Portuguese Literature
  • PR1-9680 -- English Literature
  • PS1-3576 -- American Literature
  • PT1-4897 -- German Literature
  • PT5000-5980 -- Dutch Literature
  • PT6000-6481 -- Flemish Literature
  • PT6500-6592.36 -- Afrikaans Literature
  • PT7000-7099 -- Scandinavian Literature -- General Works
  • PT7101-7338 -- Old Norse. Old Icelandic
  • PT7351-7550 -- Modern Icelandic Literature
  • PT7601-8260 -- Danish Literature
  • PT8301-9155 -- Norwegian Literature
  • PT9201-9999 -- Swedish Literature

Subject Headings

This is a list of suggested terms to use in a search for Literary Criticism resources in the Library Catalog:

  • Literary Criticism
  • Literature -- History and Criticism
  • Criticism
  • Literature, Modern -- History and criticism
  • Literature, Modern -- Nineteenth Century -- History and criticism
  • Literature, Modern -- Twentieth Century -- History and criticism
  • Classical literature -- History and criticism
  • Literature, Medieval -- History and criticism
  • Poetry -- History and criticism
  • Short Stories


In addition, you can search by author or title of the work in which you are interested.


The following titles are available on the main (2nd) floor in the Audio/Visual Room:


The history of world literature
Great Courses 4-DVD series with Guide book.
Call #: Great PN523 .V68 2007 DVD (Great Courses)

Great authors of the western literary tradition
This series presents some of the finest teachers in America, lecturing on some of the greatest literature ever written.
Call #: Great PN86 .G73 2005d DVD (Great Courses)

Selected Books

These books are in the circulating collection.  You may check them out for three weeks at a time.  When you click on the book, it will take you to the catalog, where you can check whether the book is currently available, or when it is due back, as well as where it is located.

These are available on the third floor in the Reference Room.  They are for in-library use only, but you can make copies of pages as needed.

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