When researching literature in a library catalog, subject headings are often the most efficient way of searching the library catalog. There are several types of headings that you should consider as you conduct your searches: authors as subjects, national literatures, and literary themes.
To find books about an author and his or her works, a subject search for the author (last name, first name) is the most efficient way to search.
To find criticism, specifically, search for the author's name plus the words "criticism and interpretation." For example, criticism of Herman Melville's fiction and poetry can be found under the heading Melville, Herman, 1819-1891 -- Criticism and Interpretation. Subject headings for works of criticism may also contain the title of a particular literary work, such as Melville, Herman, 1819-1891 -- Pierre.
See below for more useful subject headings for your research
The following sections are good for browsing for books on 19th century American literature, which are shelved on the 1st floor.
|Subject||Call Number Range|
|PS991-3390||Individual authors - 19th century|
Last name, First name
Nationality + genre
American prose literature
Theme + in literature
Psychoanalysis in literature
Literature + theme
Literature - psychology
Theme + and literature
Psychoanalysis and literature
Nationality + Literature
American literature - African American authors
Nation + history + time period
United States -- History -- 19th century
United States -- History -- 1815-1861
If there's something you need that we don't have, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan and have it delivered here, usually at no charge.
If you haven't used Interlibrary Loan (ILL) before, you'll need to first create a special account for the ILL system. You can create the account by:
On the New User Registration form, watch out for these three things:
There are four principal ways to using Interlibrary Loan Request through ILL. The third and fourth on this list may often be the most convenient.
If you already know that we don't have your item and you want to go to the request form directly without searching in our resources, you can find it from the Cornette Library's home page under the "Services" menu, on the pages about services "For Students" and "For Faculty & Staff."
If you've searched for a book or article in our catalog or the Discover search and discovered we don't have it, you may click the "Request the article from Interlibrary Loan" link within the "Get It" section. If you are already signed into ILL, the link will open a request with most information of the article or book filled out.
On the other hand, if you've done a search in WorldCat and found an item listed that we don't have, you can access the request form directly from the item record in such a way that the details will already be filled in for you. From your search results, click on the item's title, which will take you to the item record. In the section entitled "Get This Item" there is a bullet point with a link reading "Request via Interlibrary Loan" on the line labeled "External Resources." Using that link will automatically populate the fields of the request form with your item's details.
If you've found an article through one of our periodical databases, click the "Find Full Text" or similar link. This will take you to our Discover service. From here follow the directions above from the "From Our Catalog" section.
Delivery could take as little as a couple of days or as much as three weeks. See here for more information about Interlibrary Loan.