Franklin &  Marshall College Library

ENG 173: Growing Up Is Hard To Do

Print Reference Resources

"World" Literature
Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century
Ref PN 771 .E5 1999

Cyclopedia of world authors
Ref PN 451 .M36 1997

Third World Women's Literature
Ref PN 849 .U43 F58 1995

The Novel
Encyclopedia of the Novel
Ref PN 41 .E487 1998

A Guide to Twentieth-Century Women Novelists
Ref PR 888 .W6 W44 1997

Caribbean Women Novelists
Ref PN 849 .C32 C37 1993

Women Writers
Modern American Women Writers
Ref PS 151 .M54

American Women Writers
Ref PS 147 .A42

Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States
Ref PS 147 .O94

Cambridge Guide to Women's Writing in English
Ref PR 111 .C353

Modern Women Writers
Ref PN 471 .M62

Women Writers in the United States
A Timeline of Literary, Cultural, and Social History

Ref PS 147 .D38 1996

Gale Literary Series
Literary Index (Gale)
This is an online index to the following print volumes:

Twentieth Century Literary Criticism
Ref PN 771 .C59

Contemporary Literary Criticism
Ref PN 771 .G27

Dictionary of Literary Biography
Ref PN 451 .D5


F&M’s Library Catalog

Search the catalog to find out what books, journals, newspapers, videos, maps, CDs, music, etc., the library owns.

NOTE: Library Catalogs do not indicate the contents of journals!

To find a book, begin by conducting a Keyword search on your topic.

Analyze your topic or research question and break it down into its key concepts, which becomes the Keyword search. Once you have found a record for an item that looks useful, click on a Subject Heading to retrieve other items with similar content.


Topic/Research Question:How does Zora Neale Hurston represent race in her writing?

Search Statement:race and hurston

Subject Headings:
Hurston, Zora Neale--Criticism and interpretation
Race relations in literature


A catalog of library holdings worldwide. Search here if you are having difficulty locating BOOKS on your topic, and you have a lot of time before your work is due: obtaining books found in WorldCat requires the use of Interlibrary Loan (ILL).


MLA Bibliography (Online, 1963- )
The Modern Language Association's index of literature, languages, and folklore.

Arts & Humanities Search (Online, 1980- )
Indexes the leading arts and humanities journals, plus selected related articles from social science and science journals.

Humanities Full Text (Online, 1984- )
Features abstracts of articles from English-language periodicals covering classical studies, history, literature, performing arts, philosophy, and related fields.

Readers' Guide Full Text (Online, 1983- )
Indexes popular, general interest periodicals published in the United States.

Lexis-Nexis (Online; date coverage varies per title)
Provides abstracts of and/or full-text newspaper articles, legal and business resources.


To ascertain whether or not the F&M Library owns a journal, use the Journals at F&M feature on the Library's web site.

If the library does nothave a journal you need, and you have at least 3 weeks before your assignment is due, you can submit an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request to have the journal article acquired for you by the library. Allow 7-10 days for the article to arrive.


Search Engines/Portals

Criteria to consider when evaluating Web sites:
1. Authority: Who is responsible for the content? Are they an expert on the topic? Does the author identify her/him/them-self?

2. Objectivity: Why was the site created? Is the information presented with a minimum of bias? Is the site meant to persuade the reader?

3. Content: What is presented? Is the content focused, or does it stray all over the place? Is the site appropriate for research/scholarly purposes? Is the design of the site more important than the content?

4. Accuracy: Does the site feature a list of sources, or bibliography, or links to other similar sites? Are other authorities cited?

5. Currency: Is the web site current? Is it currently being maintained? Is there indication of when it was last updated anywhere on the page?

TIP: When using a web site for research, print a copy of the first page to verify its existence.
Web sites come and go with ease!

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Last updated: 10/01, ls