The Library's Literature collection is a great place to start your research. As well as containing hundreds of primary sources (prose, poetry and plays by a variety of authors), the literature collection also includes numerous secondary sources - books that discuss and analyse the primary texts and other wider literary concepts, and these can help you to establish the key theories and background of your research. In addition to the literature collection, the Library also holds lots of titles to help you develop your study and writing skills.
Use YorSearch, the Library catalogue. Some titles will be available as e-books that you can access online from anywhere; look for the View It link in YorSearch.
Each of your modules will have a reading list of suggested books - look for the Resources link on each module site in the VLE.
Most of the books that you need will be located in the Literature section on the second floor of the Morrell, shelved under the class marks M-MY, although you may occasionally also need to look elsewhere.
The following is a summary of the main subject divisions relevant to English Literature as arranged in the Library. It is not a comprehensive list of all subjects covered.
Major authors have their own individual classification number within their literary period and form, e.g. Charles Dickens is MA 163.4. Others are placed together at the end of the section for their period and form, e.g. Martin Amis at MA 193.9 AMI and William Golding at MA 193.9 GOL. Critical works about a literary author are shelved immediately after works by that author. Use the Subject search on the catalogue to find the location of works by or about a literary author; or search under English Literature to see a list of chronological periods with their classmarks
Specific literary themes or topics are classified with the literature of the same period and form, e.g. fantasy in modern English prose writing is shelved at MA 193.093.
To start a more detailed search for articles and other research evidence, you'll need to use online databases. These are collections of resources that allow you to search for articles from hundreds of different journals at the same time.
You'll find our full range of databases through the E-resources Guide.
Citation searching (also known as cited reference searching) can be used if you have already identified a relevant book or journal article on the subject you are researching. Starting from the book or journal article you have identified, citation searching takes you forward in time by identifying more recent articles that cite that book or article. Citation searching usually works best if your known reference is of high quality, is authored by leaders in the field, and is limited to the subject you are researching.
Citation searching is available on a number of databases: