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English Literature: Selected Electronic Resources


Locating Criticism: Books

Finding Books Using the BC's Libraries' Catalog

Books at BC: Search the Catalog
The Library has almost three million volumes and the collections pertaining to all aspects of literature and related topics are very good.

Try some Subject searches. For example, enter the following search terms in the search box below:

postmodernism AND literature
"American poetry" AND criticism
Shakespeare AND women

Search Holmes by Keyword(s) in Subject


Go to the Catalog's Advanced Search for more search options.

The Catalog's Advanced Search For Single Word Titles

For single word titles add additional keywords for editions, authors, material type  or further refine by year.


The Catalog's Advanced Search Using Mulitple Terms

Click on the Advanced Search link from the main library page. Add several keywords or limit by date, material type etc. to narrow your search.

Information from  rows are all combined with AND, meaning all of the terms must appear on the record.

The Catalog's Advanced search for Films, Archival Material, Scores, Microforms, etc.

Finding Material Types

WorldCat: Finding Books in Other Libraries


WorldCat is a catalog of books in libraries all over the world. With WorldCat you can:

  • See books published on a topic that go beyond what is available at Boston College.
  • Identify books that you want to read and request them through interlibrary loan. WorldCat links you directly to our interlibrary loan service; so this is easy to do.

Cambridge Books

Literary Theory

A particularly useful work is the Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory which consists of over 240 alphabetically arranged entries on individual critics and theorists, critical and theoretical schools and movements, and the critical and theoretical innovations of specific countries and historical periods.