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Literature and Literary Research

Researching literary works and/or biographical information on a particular author


OneSearch includes many, many different kinds of sources: primary texts, reference sources, and criticism. It covers all subject areas, so it can sometimes bring back more results that you want to deal with. 

Use the "Refine my Results" options on the left side of the screen to narrow down by resource type, date, language, or subject. 

OneSearch is the only way to find books and DVDs in the library. 

This video will give you more information about searching OneSearch. 

Search OneSearch

Use this form to search OneSearch. You can choose whether to search keywords, or look for a specific title, author, or subject term. You can also narrow down to the type of item you're looking for.

Catalog Search Tips

Use the Advanced Search options to craft very precise searches or to search for a specific title or author. Search by: 

  • TITLE if you know the title of the book, DVD, or article you're looking for. 
  • AUTHOR if you want to find something written by a specific person. Usually searching in the form "Last Name, First Name" works best. 
  • SUBJECT searches use very specific subject terminology. You can find the subject of any item by opening the full record and looking in the Details section. These terms can be useful, but you have to know the right terms to use. 

There are several other options for creating specific searches that might be useful, but these three are the most helpful to know about. 

Finding Ebooks

The library has access to many texts online. You may find the book, poem, play, or other text you're analyzing online. Here are a few places to look, besides OneSearch. 


Article databases are the best place to find subject-specific materials, mostly in electronic form. Article databases are created by different companies who index journals and other key sources of information in a specific area, and provide citations and sometimes full text. There are a few key databases that are useful for literary research.