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English Literature Research Guide: Finding Books

This is a general overview of the resources available in the subject area.

Other Library Catalogs

Catalog of books and other materials held by libraries worldwide.

GIL Universal Catalog
All the catalogs of the University System of Georgia.

Google Books

Google Web Search

Angel with Book

Austrian, 1740 - 1760.  Courtesy of the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore.

Emory Library Catalog

Use discoverE to find books, journals, videos, government documents, microfilm collections and other materials at the Emory libraries, which include Woodruff, Pitts Theology, Health Sciences Center, McMillan Law, Guy Chemistry, Math & Science Center and, Oxford libraries.

Using Subject Headings

You can use subject headings to help you find the materials you need.  These terms, defined by the Library of Congress, tell you what a book or other material is about. While you can search subject headings generally, you can also find them linked in the catalog record. Just click on the blue link in a record to find more books on the subject.

A sample list of LC subject headings for English and North American literature that link to Emory’s holdings:

African American Authors
American Drama—19th Century--History and Criticism
American Fiction—Film and Video Adaptations
American Literature—20th Century—Bio-bibliography
American Literature—Southern States
American Poetry—20th Century—History and Criticism, Theory, Etc.
English Literature—18th Century—Bibliography
English Literature—Periodicals

Harlem Renaissance--Dictionaries
Indians in Literature
Irish Poetry—20th Century
Modernism Literature England
Mythology, Celtic, in Literature
Theater—United States—Biography—Dictionaries
Women Authors, English—19th Century—Biography

Subject Guide

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Interlibrary Loan

Using Interlibrary Loan (ILL), you can:

  • borrow books and more from other libraries
  • get copies of articles that Emory doesn't own

You will be notified when your materials arrive (most materials are obtained within 2 weeks).

Requests and Recalls

If a book you're looking for is at Oxford College or the Library Service Center, or checked out, don't fear!

Books that are at the Library Service Center or at Oxford can be requested, and checked out books can be recalled.

In discoverE:

  • Sign into your account at the top right hand of the page.
  • Then find the book in the catalog and open the item record page
  • Click on the physical resource tab,
  • Finally, click on the blue Request link.

You'll be notified by email when the item is available. NOTE: if the item is checked out, the borrower has two weeks to return it.

Purchase Requests

You may request that the library buy materials by either contacting a librarian directly, or filling out our purchase request form.