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.
Use this Quick Guide to locate books and journals in the library stacks (3rd floor) for research materials on English:
|PE 1128||TESL, TEFL|
|PN||LITERATURE (GENERAL), LITERARY CRITICISM|
|PN 441-1009||Literary history|
|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 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 126-138||Biography, memoirs, letters|
|PS 147-152||Women authors|
|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|
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."