Literature Criticism

Waggoner Library Research Guide to Literature . Click on the topic below to jump to related information.

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Books and the online catalog
  • Books are located through the library Web site
  • The online catalog allows you to search by author, title, subject, and keyword.
  • Literature and criticism books are shelved in the 'P' category on the second floor of the library.
  • Search Area Libraries link from the library web site allows you to search several other libraries’ holdings with one search question.  Requests for resources can be made online from the TNU library web site.
  • eBook collections integrate over 85,000 full text eBooks into the library holdings. Download options are available.
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Call Numbers for this subject area

Using Library of Congress Classification system, the call number indicates the location of books on the shelves.  Circulating books are on the second floor of the library.

PA Classical Languages and literature      PR English Literature
PN 80-99 Literature-Criticisms      PS American Literature
PN 1010 Literature-Poetry      PT Germanic Literature
PN 1600  Literature-Drama      PZ Fiction
PN 3311 Literature- Prose, Fiction      PN 6080 Quotations

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Reference Collection

Photocopies can be made of needed text as reference books are not available for check out. Some titles have duplicates in the stacks; it will be noted on the PAC record as a copy. This abbreviated list of sources is used for quick information.  Many print reference books are also part of online collections such as the Literature Resource Center. The OPAC will provide links for online resources as well as call numbers for print resources.

Cyclopedia of World Authors Ref PN 451 .M36 
Literature Criticism from1400 to 1800 (Gale) Ref. PN 86 .L53
European Authors, 1000-1900 Ref PN 451 .K8
Masterplots II: American Fiction Series Ref PN 846 .M37 
Granger's Index to Poetry (7th edition) Ref PN 1022 .G7
Hispanic Literature Criticism Ref PQ 7081 .A1 H573  
American Women Writers Ref PS 147 .A42

African American Writers

Ref PS 153 .N5 A344

Twentieth Century Science Fiction Writers

Ref PS 374 .S35 T89

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eBooks or Online Book Collections

eBook collections integrate over 85,000 full text eBooks into the library holdings.  Many can be download to an eReader format and there is a small collection of audio books available. publishes the classics of literature, nonfiction, and reference free of charge for the home, classroom, and desktop of each and every Internet participant.


The Poetry Tool finds poems in full text and finding articles about poetry and poets, includes podcasts and audio versions of poems. Can be searched or browsed by category, occasion, geographic area, first line, time period, or popularity.

Project Gutenberg seeks to put more than 10,000 paper editions of classics in the public domain into electronic format.   

      Perseus Classics Collection provides an integrated collection of materials, textual and visual, on the Archaic and Classical Greek world as well as the Roman world with additional art and archaeology materials and new collections of Latin texts and tools.

          Internet Classics Archive  provides a list of 441 works of classical literature by 59 different authors, including
user-driven commentary and "reader's choice" Web sites. Mainly Greco-Roman works (some Chinese and Persian), all in English translation.

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Peer Reviewed/Scholarly Journal Articles

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Searching by journal title: 

From the library homepage, enter the name of the journal in the search box near the top.  Change the tag to read “Journal Title” then enter.  If your journal is full text in one of our databases the result will include a link to the database where you can access the full text.  If there were no hits you can complete online an ILL form requesting a journal article reprint. Allow 7 days for receipt of the reprint.  

Searching by subject: 

Electronic Resources Link: You can select a general database or peruse by field of study a list of subscriber databases and Internet sites. Accessing databases off campus access requires you to provide your name and the ID number from your student ID.  A list of databases can be viewed by title or by subject area.

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Literature Database Descriptions

  • JSTOR - The fifty-eight titles in the Language & Literature Collection span the literary cultures of many different countries and provide full text backfile; this is not a current database.
  • Literature Resource Center full text articles, books and critiques, probably the most comprehensive resource.
  • Gale's Literary Index - the master index to the major literature products published by Gale. It combines and cross-references over 165,000 author names, including pseudonyms and variant names, and listings for over 215,000 titles into one source.  Some titles are part of the Waggoner Collection.
  • African American History Online is a full text databases providing information on African American authors and literary time periods such as the Harlem Renaissance.
  • Humanities Module - From ProQuest: Search all humanities titles on subjects such as communication, history, journalism, literature, philosophy, religion and more
  • Gale/Info Trac, use one of the online interdisciplinary databases, such as Academic OneFile.   In a subject search, you may start out with a broad topic.  You will have categories listed from which you can narrow your search.
  • ProQuest, type in specific topic.  You can limit your online search to scholarly journals only that provide you with a result list of scholarly and more relevant articles.
  • Scribner's Writers Series -part of the Info Trac collection of databases. Scribner Writers Series includes 15-20 page signed essays on more than 2,000 authors and literary genres drawn from the acclaimed Scribner print series. 
  • Southern Life, has many articles related to southern literature and authors.
  • The Twayne Authors Series - Twayne World, English, and US Authors - part of the Info Trac collection of databases. Comprises 600 full-text titles from the Twayne Literary Masters series, 200 each from Twayne World, US, and English Authors. Most of these titles are a part of the main collection and can be checked out.
  *When accessing databases from off campus, you will be asked to verify your Trevecca status
with your name and the 11 digit barcode number from your student I.D.

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