There are several approaches and many tools in the library to help you in your literature research.
DATABASES provide access to periodical articles, book chapters, and reference works about literary criticism.
The Literary Reference Center (LRC) is a comprehensive literary reference database, which provides users with a broad spectrum of reference information from many time periods. LRC is a full-text database that combines information from over 1,000 books and monographs, major literary encyclopedias and reference works, hundreds of literary journals, and other unique sources.
You may wish to consult the databases listed below as well.
- Academic Search Complete
Index, abstracts, and full text for many scholarly publications covering all academic areas of study.
- Arts and Humanities Citation Index (ISI)
Index and cited references for articles in the arts and humanities.
- Essay and General Literature Index
Indexes essays and articles contained in collections of essays and miscellaneous works published in the United States, Great Britain, and Canada. More than 320 single and multi-authored volumes are indexed annually with more than 20 selected annuals and serial publications.
- Humanities International Complete
Index, abstracts, and full text for journals, books and other resources in the humanities.
- MLA International Bibliography
Index to books and articles on modern languages, literatures, folklore, and linguistics.
BIBLIOGRAPHIES are lists of works by or about an author. Annotated bibliographies provide a summary paragraph of the work, so you can know in advance if the work will be helpful. Sometimes the end of a book or periodical article will include a bibliography.
There are books which are entire bibliographies in themselves. These bibliographies are located in the reference section of the upper level of the library (call number 016). Following the 016. is the author’s assigned Dewey Decimal call number.
For example, the library owns A Bibliography of Nathaniel Hawthorne, with the call number R 016.813 H39B. All of an author's bibliographies are grouped together.
Encyclopedia of Literary Critics and Criticism
Call Number: R 801.95 E56
Publication Date: 1999-12-01
"The world of literary theory and criticism has recently become increasingly complex and multi-faceted: the Encyclopedia of Literary Critics and Criticism provides a comprehensive guide (historical and international) to a wide range of individual writers, critics and theorists, to major theories, and to central critical concepts. Authoritative yet accessible, the entries range from 900 to 4,000 words, and all include an up to -date guide to further reading."
Call Number: R 809 M423
Publication Date: 2007-09-01
"Masterplots II: Christian Literature covers over 500 classic and contemporary works of Christian fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama, providing a plot summary, analysis of Christian themes, and an annotated bibliography for each title."
Critical Survey of Poetry
Call Number: R 809.1 C934
Publication Date: 2002-09-01
"This series contains in-depth analytical reference guides to major writers of world literature. The series has an accessible style and format that allow readers to zero in on precise characteristics of a poet's work. The Critical Survey of Poetry presents 698 poets in 697 essays."
Call Number: R 928.2 S526B
Publication Date: 1979-01-01
Call Number: 822.33 Z316
Publication Date: London, Dent; New York, Dutton 
Located on the lower level of the library.