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Finding Journal Articles
Use online indexes to locate journal articles online, in print at Booth Library or available through InterLibrary Loan.

Find Books
Search for books in the EIU Online Catalog by author, title, keyword or subjectSee sample search below:
 Limit results under the "Narrow Search" section.  “Topics” are especially useful.

Online Reference Resources
Online reference resources offer biographical and critical information about authors and their works, for example:
  • Contemporary Authors
  • Gale Artemis Literary Sources
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
Online Bibliographies
American Literature (Oxford Bibliographies)
Oxford Bibliographies in American Literature provides authoritative guidance to recommended titles for the scholarly examination of topics American literature.
Reference Resources
The Reference Room, located on the 3000 Level of Booth Library offers many handy reference titles that can help you with your research.  Here are a few examples:
American Writers Ref. PS 129 .A55
Asian American Literature Ref. PS 153 .A34 G74 2009
Beats: a Literary Reference Ref. PS 228 .B6 B42x 2003
Black Literature Criticism Ref. PS 153 .N5 B556 2008x
Contemporary LGBTQ Literature of the U. S Ref. PS 153 .S39 E53 2009
Encyclopedia of African American Writing Ref. PS 153 .N5 A3444 2009x
Great Jobs for English Majors Ref. HF 5382.7 .043 2000
Latino and Latina Writers Ref. PS 153 .H56 L39 2004
Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature Ref. PN 3433 .M34x 1996
Thematic Guide to American Poetry Ref. PN 771 .G27    
Browse the shelves in Reference (3000 Level, Booth Library) or in the Bookstacks (1000 Level, Booth Library) in these call number areas:
  PE English Language
  PN General Literary History
  PS American Literature
Subject Specialist
Picture: Karen Whisler

Karen Whisler
Librarian for English, Philosophy, and Religion, and Government Documents Coordinator
Office: 217 581-7551

Reference Desk: 217-581-6072
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