Tailored guides for English courses
Library Call Numbers
The following sections for books are related to British literature in English:
PR 1-76; PR 161-479: Literary History and Criticism
PR 1490-2165: Early and Middle English (pre-1500)
PR 2199-3195: Renaissance (1500-1640)
PR 3291-3785: 17th and 18th centuries (1640-1770)
PR 3991-5990: 19th century (1770/1800-1890/1900)
PR 6000-6076: 20th century
PR 6100-6126: 21st century
|The following sections for books are related to American literature in English:
|PS 185-195; PS 700-893: 17th and 18th centuries|
|PS 201-217; PS 991-3990: 19th century|
|PS 221-228; PS 3500-3576: 20th century|
|PS 229-231; PS 3600-3626: 21st century|
Full list of P class call numbers here
Peer Reviewed or Scholarly FAQ
What are scholarly or peer reviewed articles?
Professors often require students to find scholarly and peer reviewed articles. These items:
How do I find scholarly or peer reviewed articles?
Many of the library's databases (e.g. Academic Search Complete, Business Search Complete, and PsycInfo) contain scholarly or peer reviewed material and allow you to limit your search to include only these articles in the results. Use the advanced search feature in a database to find the option to limit to this type of search.
Check the Ulrich's database to see if a journal is considered scholarly or is refereed (aka peer-reviewed).
In some disciplines, differences between scholarly and
trade publications are not crystal clear. Your professor is the final arbiter
of what is scholarly in a specific academic field of study.
Click here for more information on scholarly, popular and trade publications.
Literature Resources from the University Libraries
Use this subject guide to help get you started with your literature
research. Books, research databases, selected websites, and tips for
and general information on using library resources, within the building
or available on the internet, are all included. Depending upon the
scope and depth of your research, you may use resources within the Poetry tab to find a poem to write about, or you may need to browse
multiple topics within this guide--for example, moving from text to
plot summary to criticism, to complete a larger project. However you
use this guide, if you get stuck don't forget to Ask Us!
Find articles and criticism within the databases.
Databases with specialized content are listed within the subtabs as appropriate.The core databases for general literary research are:
Getting Started at the University Libraries
- To borrow items from the libraries, you need your BGSU photo ID and a current record in the library database. For more detailed information, see Borrowing, Renewing, and Requesting
- For remote access to the online research databases, login in with your BGSU user name and password (same as for campus email, MyBGSU, and BGSU lab and library computers.)
- If the University Libraries doesn't have what you need, chances are that OhioLINK does. OhioLINK is the 80+ academic (and some public) libraries that lend their resources to one another through an online requesting system. Look for the "Request this item" button in the OhioLINK catalog. For more detailed information, see OhioLINK requesting.
- We're here to assist you! If you need help using the library, can't find what you want, have an assignment and need help getting started, Ask Us! for immediate help. Besides drop-in help, the University Libraries offer Individual Research Appointments for undergraduates & graduate students.
Name that novel!
Also check out...
The Music Library/Sound Recording Archives
for recordings of writers reading their works. Find these items in the
library catalog by limiting Material Type to: Spoken Word Recording.
The Browne Popular Culture Library for lots of great resources: magazines from the late 1800s to the present; books on popular and American culture; television and film scripts; alternative press materials from the 60s and 70s; and much, much more.
The Center for Archival Collections for diaries, journals, photographs, manuscripts, and numerous other primary source materials. Be sure to check out the items in the Rare Books and Special Collections link to find collections of Walt Whitman, Ray Bradbury, and more.