Skip to Main Content

ENGL Literature Research Guide: General Research

This guide will aid you in searching American and British literature and scholarship pertaining to American and British literary works, movements, and writers.

Search Strategies

AND to look for two terms at the same time: Woolf AND criticism--will locate resources containing both terms.

OR to search for closely related terms: Gender OR Woman will look for both, but they do not have to be present in the same resource (this gives you more options)

Use * (shift 8) in or at the end of a word that may vary: Instead of woman use wom*n (this will include woman and women) or nation* (which would look up national, nationality, nationhood, and nationalism!).

Quotes when looking for a phrase: "women writers" or "national identity"

Criticism or Interpretation  are great search terms for literary research

For most databases, start with a simple search, using 2 or 3 terms.

"Don't invent the wheel if someone hands you the keys to a Porshe!"--Rely on the subject headings from an indexed article or the bibliography or work cited page from an article or book to find other sources.


Most books on American and British Literature are located in P call number range on the first floor of the library. Here is a general call number range to help you:

P301 to P302

Greek Language and Literature. Latin Language and Literature

Literature (General)--also includes performing arts/film/broadcasting

English Literature

American Literature



Literature Databases

Humanities & Theatre

Profile Photo
Ammie E. Harrison
Mary Couts Burnett Library
TCU Box 298400
Fort Worth, TX 76129
(817) 257-5338