Subjects » Literature


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

  1. Open  E-Journals Search
  2. Search for the Journal’s Title.
  3. Click on the Journal title in the search results.
  4. Search inside the journal for keywords on the journal page.

Find books and eBooks at CUAA Library in Primo.

Print Books

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

PZ     Fiction


Ebook Central
EBSCO eBooks

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”

Search Directory of Open Access Books

Research Tips

  • 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. 

Ebook Central
EBSCO eBooks

The CUAA Library owns print volumes of the following sets in the Reference Collection. Use the Index to located your author or work. 

Shakespearean CriticismREF PR 2965 .S43
Short Story Criticismebook
Something About The AuthorREF PN 451 .S6
Something About The Author: autobiographyREF PN 497 .S66
Twentieth-Century Literary CriticismREF PN 771 .G27

Free public domain audiobooks including The Bible, fiction, non-fiction, and children’s literature. Includes foreign language books too. 

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