Purpose: To acquaint you with materials in Cornette Library and on the World Wide Web that will make research for your assignment easier.
- Excellent place to start research.
- Provide background information.
- Include basic information sources like dictionaries, encyclopedias, bibliographies, chronologies, and research guides.
- English Prose and Criticism in the Nineteenth Century: A Guide to Information Sources
- Z 2014 .P795 W54 Ref.
- "A compilation of primary and secondary materials on major nineteenth-century writers of prose and criticism." Includes bibliographies, literary history and anthologies, literary and cultural background information, and information, both lists of works and criticism of the works, on thirty-four significant authors of the period.
- English Romantic Poetry, 1800-1835: A Guide to Information Sources
- Z 2014 .P7 R46 Ref.
- Bibliography of resources about English Romantic poetry. Chapters include general and background studies, the Romantic movement, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, Keats, and twelve secondary and minor poets. Published in 1979 so does not include information or criticism published since that time.
- Guide to British Poetry Explication, Restoration-Romantic
- Z 2014 .P7 M34 1991 v.3 Ref
- Lists of explications of poetry including poems of all lengths and "interpretations published in books about single authors as well as collections surveying periods or several poets." Citations only.
- Contemporary English Poetry: An Annotated Bibliography of Criticism to 1980
- Z 2014 .P7 S53 1984 Ref.
- An annotated bibliography covering "criticism published in English of contemporary English poetry in general and of six contemporary poets - Donald Davie, Thom Gunn, Geoffrey Hill, Ted Hughes, Philip Larkin, and Charles Tomlinson - in particular." Includes an author index - the author of the item cited and a subject index. Current through early 1980s.
- The English Romantic Poets: A Review of Research and Criticism
- PR 590 .E5 1985 Ref.
- "Surveys of research for the Romantic movement in England and individually for Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats." Current through 1982.
- Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism
- PN 761 .N5 Ref.
- A multi-volume set published since 1981 providing excerpts of "the most significant interpretations" of the works of authors of the nineteenth century.
- Twentieth Century Literary Criticism
- PN 771 .T9 Ref.
- A multi-volume set published since 1978 introducing "authors who died between 1900 and 1999 and to the most significant interpretations of these author's works."
- Contemporary Literary Criticism
- PN 771 .C59 Ref.
- A multi-volume set published since 1973 providing "critical commentary and general information on more that 2,000 authors now living or who died after December 31, 1999."
- Poetry Criticism
- PN 1010 .P499 Ref.
- A multi-volume set published since 1991 providing "significant criticism of the world's greatest poets" in addition to "supplementary biographical and bibliographical material" on each poet presented.
- Encyclopedia of British Writers, 19th Century
- PR 451 .E55 2003 v.1 Ref.
- Biographical information on a large number of 19th century writers, both the famous and the not-so-famous.
- Encyclopedia of British Writers, 20th Century
- PR 451 .E55 2003 v. 2 Ref.
- Biographical information on a large number of 20th century writers, both the famous and the not-so-famous.
- Moulton's Library of Literary Criticism of English and American Authors
- PR 83 M73 1966 Ref.
- Volume 3 has the subtitle "The Romantic Period to the Victorian Age," while volume 4 has the subtitle "The Mid-Nineteenth Century to Edwardianism." Brief biographical information and excerpts of critical information available to the early 1960s.
- A Library of Literary Criticism: Modern British Literature
- PR 473 .T4 Ref.
- Brief excerpts of criticism of British authors through the mid-1970s.
- An Encyclopedia of British Women Writers
- PR 111 .S34 1988 Ref.
- Biographical information on nearly 400 British women writers, predominately those who have written from the eighteenth century or later. Includes a list of each author's works as well as a bibliography for each author.
- Dictionary of Literary Biography
- PS 221 .D5 Ref.
- Also referred to as the DLB. Now over 300 volumes, articles in each volume of this set look at an author and offer a career biography of the subject. The intent is "to provide reliable information", to show the author within the broader literary history, and to provide some critical appraisal of the author's work. Use index in latest volume to locate specific author.
- Oxford English Dictionary
- PE 1625 .O87 1989
- A twenty volume set with three supplemental volumes. Provides the "history and development of English words through the last 800 years...illustrating them with numerous quotations from the works of some 5,000 authors."
- Cornette Library's Online Catalog
- Includes books, government documents, videos, journal titles, etc. available throughout the Library. Suggested searches include:
- a keyword search for your subject, such as english romantic prose.
- the general LC subject heading romanticism great britain.
- the LC subject heading for a specific time and place such as english prose literature 19th century history and criticism.
To determine the most appropriate subject headings for your search, refer to the red Library of Congress Subject Headings near the Reference computers in the Library or search the online Library of Congress Authorities Catalog.
- Online catalog for libraries around the world.
- Lists Cornette Library books along with many more in other libraries.
- Search by keyword, author, title, or subject.
- Request books not in Cornette Library through the pre-filled Interlibrary loan form. Allow at least two weeks for the books to arrive.
Provide current information
- Library shelves contain more than 1500 bound and current journals.
- Microform (film or fiche) available for dozens of leading newspapers, as well as other periodicals.
- Databases index articles found in journals and magazines.
- Citation only;
- Citation and a short summary of the article (abstract);
- Full text;
- General, covering many kinds of topics, and specialized, for specific disciplines.
- For this assignment be sure to use scholarly sources, not general interest magazines. The differences are important, for citation and for evaluating reliability.
How to Access Databases
- On-campus: In the library or HELC.
- Off-campus: Login with your Buff Advisor username (for example, js123456) and your Buff Advisor password (for example, buffaloes).
- Database citations not in full-text may be located in Cornette Library's online catalog, or the list of online journals.
- Use Interlibrary Loan to request articles inaccessible through Cornette library. Allow up to 3 weeks for articles to arrive.
- MLA Bibliography
- Contains citations about language, literature, linguistics and folklore (culture) for journal articles, books and book chapters, dissertations, bibliographies and conference proceedings.
- Academic Search Complete
- Multi-disciplinary academic resource including humanities, education, language and linguistics, and arts and literature. Includes scholarly full-text articles from over 3,000 sources.
- Literature Resource Center
- Full-text database that includes biographical, bibliographical, and critical information on some 2,500 literary writers and their works. Use "Advanced Search" to search by author or topic.
- Dissertations and Theses Full-Text
- Indexes over 1.6 million dissertations and masters theses. Has full-text of most dissertations submitted digitally since 1997.
- Back volumes for over 375 journals. Does not include the most recent two to five years, depending on the title. Includes sixty-three language and literature journals.
- Project Muse
- Focuses primarily on humanities and literature with full text of over 250 journals. Twenty-five of the titles continue coverage of journals in JSTOR.
- Power Search
- Search multiple databases with one entry. Keyword searching, cannot limit to scholarly journals. Best for simple keyword searches. Need to go to the actual database for more specific or complex searches.
- Google Scholar
- Searches concurrently "peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles from publishers, professional societies, pre-print repositories, universities, and other scholarly organizations." Will have links to full text articles available through our library resources.
- Displays in most of our databases. Links from a citation to one or more of the following:
- One or more links to full-text of the cited article,
- A link to a pre-set search of the Cornette Library catalog for the cited item,
- A link to a pre-filled Interlibrary Loan request form for the article, or
- A link to various help options.
- For more information see the tutorial Using SFX to Link to Articles
- Ask at the Reference Desk (first floor) or Periodicals Desk (second floor).
- Call 651-2215 during the hours Cornette Library is open.
- Use the "Ask A Librarian" page for electronic reference support.
- The World Wide Web is an excellent source of information.
- Not everything found on the Web is accurate.
- You must evaluate information on the Web.
General Literature Web Sites
Romantic Literature and Romantic Period Web Sites
- Romantic Chronology
- Romanticism on the Net
- Romantic Circles
- Victorian Literary Studies Archive - 19th Century British and Irish Authors
- British Women Romantic Poets, 1789-1832
- Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley: Chronology & Resource Site
- Searchable lists of annotated web sites, discussion lists, and electronic journals that have met specific selection criteria.
- Scout Report Archives
- Scholarly. Keyword or advanced search. Results listed by relevance.
- INFOMINE Scholarly Internet Resource Collections
- Scholarly. Keyword search or browse by general subject area. Can limit to free sites.
- ipl2 - "Information You Can Trust" (merger of Internet Public Library and Librarians' Index to the Internet)
- General public interest. Keyword search, or browse by general topic and subtopic.
Why must I cite the sources I use for research projects?
- To give credit to the author of the information you use.
- To avoid plagiarism (WTAMU Code of Student Life: Appendix I-Academic Integrity Code)
a serious offense that can result in failure or expulsion.
- So that others can verify the information.
- To assist others in doing their own research.
- Dr. Smith requires you to use the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 6th ed.
- A copy of this manual is located at the Reference Desk.
- Additional assistance is available from our Citation Basics web page.
- Suggestions for improvements?
- Particularly helpful items?
- Please email Linda Chenoweth.