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English and American Literature: Need Help?

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

Reference Help

Library Reference Department
For assistance with search strategies or research guides. 

  • Rose Hill Reference Desk: 718-817-3586
  • Lincoln Center Reference Desk: 212-636-6050 
  • Westchester Reference Desk 914-367-3061
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More helpful resources are available on the Reference Help Research Guide.

Quick Self-Help Tips for Access Problems

  • Start your search at the Library Homepage (
  • For a list of resources open to all, go to Databases on the library homepage and filter TYPES to Open Access.
  • When encountering problems, start by clearing History / Cache / Cookies (Library News Blog for Browser-Specific Directions).
  • If you have a problem with one browser try a different one (Chrome, Firefox, Edge); MAC users should try Safari first.
    • NOTE: Browsers are increasing privacy and security measures, which may cause access issues. If one browser doesn't work with a specific resource, try another browser. 
  • Make sure Cookies and Pop-ups are enabled and allow trusted database sites.
  • Be aware of any notes provided for additional instructions, and take note of the date ranges posted next to E-Journal links.
  • Some Internet monitoring / blocking programs, browser extensions, software, ad blockers, browser VPNs, and private windows may not be fully compatible with the library's electronic resources. Disable and try accessing the e-resource again.
  • If you have installed a citation browser extension such as Zotero, this could possibly cause a reloading loop that may trigger a temporary block by a provider. First you should update to the latest extension / connector version, then clear cache, try another browser, and / or disable the extension if necessary. 
    • See box below to link out to instructions on updating the Zotero browser extension / connector

Additional Access Help

Writing Center

The Writing Center provides personalized instruction for student writing at all levels and disciplines.

The Writing Center has locations at:

  • Lincoln Center on the third floor of the Lowenstein Building, off the silent lounge across from the elevator
  • Rose Hill in Walsh Library, Reference Area (Room 121)

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, visit the Writing Center's website.

Reference & Instruction Department

Reference & Instruction Department
Fordham University Libraries

Walsh Library  ♦  Rose Hill Campus  ♦  718-817-3586   
Quinn Library  ♦  Lincoln Center Campus  ♦  212-636-6050   
Fordham Westchester Library  ♦  Fordham Westchester Campus  ♦  914-367-3061   ♦   text 71-TXTX-1284 ♦ 
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