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English Research Guide

If HSU does not have the book

No library has every item a researcher might want.  If you cannot locate a particular item here, you could check with a reference librarian in person or online to be certain since library catalogs and other finding aids are complex tools. The librarian can also help find alternatives if time is short.

The next step is to request an Interlibrary Loan for the item.  Learn more about this service from the library website.

Browse The Stacks

Use this Quick Guide to locate books and journals in the library stacks (3rd floor) for research materials on English:

P                                                         LINGUISTICS
P 87.5;
P301-301.5
Rhetoric
PE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
PE 1128 TESL, TEFL
PN LITERATURE (GENERAL), LITERARY CRITICISM
PN 80-99 Criticism
PN 441-1009 Literary history
PN 1010-1525 Poetry
PQ FRENCH, ITALIAN, SPANISH, PORTUGUESE LITERATURE
PQ 1-3999          French literature
PQ 4001-5999 Italian literature
PQ 6001-8929 Spanish literature
PQ 9000-9999 Portuguese literature
PR 
ENGLISH LITERATURE
PR 1-56            Literary history and criticism
PR 931-938 Wit and humor
PR 1098-1369 Collections of English literature
PR 1803-6126 English literature, chronol. by period
PS AMERICAN LITERATURE
PS 126-138 Biography, memoirs, letters
PS 147-152 Women authors
PS 301-326 Poetry
PS 430-439 Wit, humor, satire
PS 700-3576 American lit., authors chronol. by period
PT EUROPEAN LITERATURE (those not in PQ)

See the full classification here.

Postcolonial writers writing in European languages are classed with other writers in the particular language. For example, Chinua Achebe and Salman Rushdie are classed in PR because they write in English.

In the sections for the literature of particular countries, such as PR and PS, arrangement is chronological, then alphabetical within the time period:

PR 1850-1955 Geoffrey Chaucer
PR 2750-3195 William Shakespeare
PR 3550-3598 John Milton
PR 4030-4038 Jane Austen
PR 4550-4598 Charles Dickens
PR 6045 .O72 Virginia Woolf
PS 1850-1898 Nathaniel Hawthorne
PS 2380-2388 Herman Melville
PS 3511 .I9 F. Scott Fitzgerald
PS 3553 .A7894 Raymond Carver
PS 3563 .O8749          Toni Morrison

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Finding Literature by Genre

Stonewall Book Awards are the "first and most enduring award for GLBT books, sponsored by the American Library Association's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table... [where] books have been honored for exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender experience."

 

Science Fiction and Fantasy Collection at Texas A & M. "The Science Fiction and Fantasy Research Database is an inclusive tool, designed to cover all aspects of science fiction, fantasy, horror, supernatural and weird fiction. History, criticism, commentary, fan writings and some reviews are all included."

 

Eco-Fiction.com "maintains a growing database and good sampling of fictional novels, short stories, anthologies, prose, film, and other arts, including science fiction, literary fiction, speculative fiction, fantasy, with environmental themes, with a strong focus on climate change."