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For background on the subject, consult general encyclopedias such as Americana, Britannica, Colliers, World Book, etc. Look for articles on "Literature." To locate materials in the Keeley Library, see the section on Finding Your Way Around the Library.

Internet Resources

Library Catalog

To locate items in the library catalog, search in iBistro. You may want to limit your search to search only the Keeley Library, instead of all of the SAILS libraries. The following subjects are just some suggestions for your search:

SAILS Databases

As members of SAILS, Durfee students and teachers can access journal and newspaper articles as well as online reference books, from the library's computers and from home. Simply go to the online catalog page, access the online catalog, and click on Online Resources button.

Selected Reference Books

Resource Type: Selected Title:
Bibliographic Guides:
These resources lead you to other books
Critical Survey of Poetry
Literary Research Guide
Key word index tothe works of an author, or work
Complete Concordance to Shakespeare
Concordance to the Poems of Dylan Thomas
Concordance to the Poems of Hart Crane
Literature Anthologies:
These are collections of poems, stories, etc.
Anthology of World Poetry
Masterworks of World Literature
Treasury of the Theatre
Literature Dictionaries:
These give definitions for literary terms.
Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
Brewer's Twentieth Century of Phrase and Fable
Dictionary of Literary Terms
Literature Encyclopedias:
Contents vary. They could be about authors, or about some aspect of literature.
African Writers
American Writers
Ancient Writers
British Writers
Encyclopedia of World Literature in the Twentieth...
European Writers
Latin American Writers
Modern Slavic Writers
Something About the Author
Literature Handbooks:
Usually one volume summaries.
Cyclopedia of Literary Characters
Handbook to Literature
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers

Reader's Encyclopedia
Writers Inc., a Student Handbook for Writing and...
Plot Summaries or Digests Drama for Students
Epics for Students
Masterpieces of World Literature in Digest Form
Masterplots II. American Fiction series
Masterplots II. British and Commonwealth Fiction...
Masterplots II. Drama series
Masterplots II. World Fiction Series
Masterplots Drama Series
Novels for Students
Poetry for Students
Shakespeare for Students
Short Stories for Students
Reprints or extracts from primary sources, such as letters, newspaper articles,speeches, etc.
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations
Macmillan Book of Proverbs, Maxims and Famous...
Magill's Quotations in Context
Thematic Guides:
Resources that include themes, such as war, bravery, etc.
Identities and Issues in Literature
The "....for students" series also lincludes thematic references.

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