Short Stories, Poetry & Drama

Language and Literature Books

Located in the "P" and "Z" sections of Reference and General Stacks. Much information about authors and criticism is found in multi-volume sets, not individual books. For these sets, you will have to use an index to find what you need. Some of the literary books in Reference include:

  • Contemporary Dramatists
  • Contemporary Poets
  • Critical Survey of Poetry
  • Contemporary Women Poets
  • Dictionary of Literary Biography
  • Contemporary American Dramatists
  • McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of World Drama
  • Short Story Criticism
  • Reference Guide to Short Fiction
  • Critical Survey of Short Fiction
  • Drama Criticism
  • William Shakespeare
  • Poetry Criticism
  • ...and many more.

Journal Articles

Print Sources in our Periodicals area

  • American Journalism Review
  • New Yorker
  • Poets & Writers
  • Writer's Digest
  • ...and more.

Online Sources on the library website

For off-campus access, login and password information on Blackboard.

  • EBSCOHost
    • Academic Search Premier
    • MagillOnLiterature Plus
  • Books in Print - a listing of currently published books, many including reviews.

Websites/Internet Resources

Academic Info - A subject guide to academic literature websites; click "Subject Guides" and look under "English Literature Links".

Gale's Literary Index - An index of books published by Gale, Charles Scribner's Sons, St. James Press, and Twayne Publishers.

Internet Public Library Literary Criticism - A directory to biographical and critical websites about authors.

Voice of the Shuttle - Provides broad coverage of literature resources, authors, works, criticism, and journals. Twentieth Century information can be found by choosing the "Literature (in English)" link in the "Contents" box, then click on "Modern (Brit. and Amer.)" or "Contemporary (Brit. and Amer.)".


Plan to do most of your research in the library with books. Few web sources will have the quality, in-depth information you will need. Still can't find what you need? Ask a librarian for help, search tips, and additional sources of information.

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