English Classes - Literature Resources


  • Coulter Library has sections of literary books and ebooks, written both by and about specific authors. Use the online catalog to search for an author’s name, or for the title of a work. Most of the works by your author, and about your author, will have similar call numbers, and will be located in the same area of the library.
  • Search the library catalog to find these books (see instructions for search the catalog here.)


  • The Literature Resource Center database provides articles and other information about particular authors or works. It will be the best database to use for most literary research.
  • Enter the name of an author or a work in the search box. Be sure to click on the circle to indicate “Person – By or About” or “Name of Work”.
  • Your search results begin with the “Literature Criticism” entries, but there are other tabs across the top which give you additional information:  “Biographies”, “Topic and Work Overviews”, “Reviews”, etc.  Be sure to click on those tabs and examine those results as well.
  • There are sub-topics down the left side; click on them to narrow down your search.
  • There is also a box at the top left where you can enter keywords to narrow down your search results.

Example:  If you have searched for an author, and want to locate a certain theme in the author’s work, you can enter it in this search box.

If you don’t find an author in this database, try using the “Academic Search Complete” database.