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A Guide To...English

This guide is a starting point for research in English literature. The guide includes recommended databases and reference sources, as well as tips for effective research.

Finding Books for Your Research

Try exploring the CrossSearch for books related to your topic. If Holy Cross does not have a book you need, you can use WorldCat to search for books from other libraries and then request these books through Interlibrary Loan.

Search tip: Search for books by either Keywords or Subject Headings. Start with a Keyword search and identify some relevant books. Then look at the subject headings for those books. You can follow the subject heading links in the catalog to find similar books, or you can use the terms in the subject headings to identify other keywords to try. 

Example Keyword Search: 
Gothic novels

Example Subject Headings: 
Horror tales, English -- History and criticism.
Gothic revival (Literature).
Gothic fiction (Literary genre).

Locating Books

Books at Holy Cross Libraries are arranged by Library of Congress Call Number.

At Dinand, call numbers A through G are on the upper (Mezzanine) level. Call numbers H through Z are on the lower (Ground) level, with a few exceptions. Call numbers beginning with "M" are located in the Music Library and “Q, R, S, T” are in the Science Library. 

Each letter in the call number system covers a subject area. For example, P is the call number range for Language and Literature. Each letter is then broken down into subclasses. For example, the call number range for P has subclasses from PA to PZ. This includes PR for English literature and PS for American literature. PN is the subclass for “Literature (General)” which includes important works, such as resources for literary theory and history.

For more information about Library of Congress Classification, please see the Library of Congress' Classification Outline.

Dinand Stacks Map

Dinand Mezzanine Level
  Dinand Ground Level