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ENG 421 Rise of the Novel: Books in the Library Catalog

Books are an English Scholar's Friend

Much of literary criticism lives in books. You will need to search the catalog to find books to use for your criticism review. In addition to physical books, the library has access to many electronic books that can be accessed on the internet through EBSCO.


The "card catalog" of the A.C. Buehler Library. Use this resource to find books, journal titles, movies, and music owned by Elmhurst College, and information about items located in 80 academic and research libraries in Illinois.

Subject Searching for Novel Resources

Use Browse Subject terms (Library of Congress Subject Headings) for focused searches.
Here are some examples you can copy and paste as subject search terms:

  • Author name (Last, First)--eg. Austen, Jane
  • Author name (Last, First)--Criticism and interpretation-- eg. Defoe, Daniel, 1661?-1731--Criticism and interpretation
  • Author name (Last, First)-- title of work-- eg. Hawthorne, Nathaniel, 1804-1864. House of the seven gables

You might also look for collections of critical essays--sometimes they are callled "critical series or "companion readers" or somesuch.

  • Penguin critical series
  • Cambridge companions to literature (all of your authors should have one)

There may be other critical series which cover one or more of the authors. You may see one in your results list in the catalog.