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English and American Literature: Finding Books

This guide introduces you to some of the most important print and electronic tools for researching in English and American literature.

Fordham Library Catalog

Search catalog for books, ebooks, periodicals, government documents, videos, maps etc. held by Fordham at all campuses.


WorldCat is the global catalog of library collections containing over 46 million records from libraries in over 65 countries.  Worldcat will fill out the electronic Inter Library Loan request form for you and you can then send it to the I.L.L. office where the staff will find the material and email you when it is ready. You can use advanced search to narrow your search by type of material. Ask a librarian for help.

Selected LC Subject Headings to Search

P - Philology. Linguistics

PA - Greek language and literature. Latin language and literature

PB - Modern languages. Celtic languages

PC - Romance languages

PE - English language

PN - Literature (General)

PN 80-99 Criticism

PN 441-1009.5 Literary history

PN 841 Black literature (General)

PN 1993-1999 Motion Pictures

PR1-9680 - English Literature

PR1-56 - Literary history and criticism

PS - American literature

PS 185-195 - 17th-18th centuries

PS 201-217 - 19th century

PS 221-228 - 20th century

PS 229-231 - 21st century

PS 700-893 - Colonial period

PS(8001-8599) - Canadian literature

PR - English literature

PS - American literature

Google Books

Google Books contains over 15 millions scanned books.  Books can be viewed in 1 of 4 ways depending on their status: full text pdf for books out of copyright or with publisher's permission; limited preview of pages (sometimes quite extensive); snippet (a few sentences that include your search terms); or no preview.  Bibliographic information is provided for each book including links to reviews, author info, web references, and related books.

Use Advanced Search for best results.  Try it!