Welcome to the Literature Subject Guide.
Purpose: CUAA undergraduate students in English courses.
Help Available: Contact a librarian with Ask a Librarian, call 734-995-7454, or stop by the reference desk on-campus.
How to Use: Click a tab to learn more.
Poetry & Short Story Reference Center
Hundreds of thousands of poems, as well as short stories, biographies, and essays. Topics include the poetic forms, movements, and techniques.
Literary Reference Center
Full-text resources focusing on plays/drama, poetry, religious literature and children’s literature. This database also includes volumes of fantasy/science fiction, contemporary literature, world philosophy and religious literature, and literary study guides covering American Literature, English Literature and literary genres.
Academic Search Complete
Multidisciplinary comprehensive Database
Humanities International Complete
Provides full text of hundreds of journals, books and other published sources from around the world. HIC includes all the data from American Humanities Index and Humanities International Index plus almost half a million full-text articles, many available with searchable references.
You can search for journal articles in Primo and library databases (see databases tab).
Finding Journal Articles: detailed instructions for finding and accessing electronic and print journal articles.
Finding Journal Articles By Journal Title in Primo
- Open E-Journals Search
- Search for the Journal’s Title.
- Click on the Journal title in the search results.
- Search inside the journal for keywords on the journal page.
Find books and eBooks at CUAA Library in Primo.
For General Instruction: Finding Books
Library of Congress Call Numbers
P Philology & Linguistics
PA Greek and Latin literature
PN Literature (General)
PN 80-99 Criticism
PN 1010-1525 Poetry
PN 1600-3307 Drama
PQ French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese literature
PR English literature
PS American literature
PT German, Dutch, and Scandinavian literature
Websites with Free Literature
- Google Books
A searchable collection of public domain and freely available books online. Use the advanced search to find magazines.
- World Cat
The largest combined collection of searchable library catalogs from around the world
- Project Gutenberg
(mostly older public domain books)
- Literature Online
a comprehensive guide to literary websites: authors, online texts, classics, journals, blogs and databases from around the world
- Directory of Open Access Books
Search for specific titles or Browse by “Language & Literatures”
- criticism formats: Books, essays, journal articles,
- Well know works, authors, and some characters will have their own subject terms. Look for links in item records.
- In literature databases use the advanced search to search for title and author, and limit to literary criticism under “content type”
- In Primo, use the advanced Search and include the author and title of the work plus the word criticism
The subscription ebook collections contain criticism on specific authors and works.
The CUAA Library owns print volumes of the following sets in the Reference Collection. Use the Index to located your author or work.
|Shakespearean Criticism||REF PR 2965 .S43|
|Short Story Criticism||ebook|
|Something About The Author||REF PN 451 .S6|
|Something About The Author: autobiography||REF PN 497 .S66|
|Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism||REF PN 771 .G27|