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ENGL 2500E The Novel

Welcome and Introduction

The Novel

The following course guide has been prepared to assist students undertaking research for coursework in English 2500E: The Novel. Highlighted below are a selection of library resources available to help students locate key critical sources (i.e., works of literary theory and criticism), which should be placed alongside students' own critical reading of the course texts.

Background Information

Consult the following general reference sources (dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, etc.) to help you get started with your research for this course:

Recommended Online Sources:
John's Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism
Oxford English Dictionary (OED Online)
Oxford Reference Online
Literature Criticism Online

Recommended Print Sources:
Critical Survey of Long Fiction [online] (and at ARCHIVES Storage:  PN3451.C75 2010)
Encyclopedia of Themes in Literature (DBW reference NO LOAN PR19.E53 2011)
Encyclopedia of The Novel (DBW reference NO LOAN PN31.E485 2011)
Literary Terms and Criticism (DBW reference NO LOAN PN44.5.P38 2002)

Finding Books and Articles

Consult the OMNI Library Catalogue to locate literary scholarship published in book format (i.e., collected essays). Works of literary criticism published in books often centre around a particular author, work, literary genre, movement or theme.

In order to locate criticism about a work of literature, rather than locating the work itself, use a Subject search. To do this, choose the OMNI Advanced Catalogue Search. Using the drop-down menu, change the Any field search - to Subject, and change the next drop-down choice from contains to is (exact). Then, input your title: Robinson Crusoe - hit SEARCH, then scroll down to see your results, all of which will be ABOUT Robinson Crusoe.


 Screenshot of the library catalogue search box.

Consult the following academic research resources (i.e., online databases) to help uncover valuable works of literary criticism, published as journal articles, to strengthen your own critical readings of course texts. Search syntax in most online databases mirrors that whici is used in other search platforms, such as the Shared Libraries Catalogue (e.g. keyword, author, title, subject, etc). If you encouter any difficulty, consult the 'help' page(s) located within the product.

Recommended Research Databases:
MLA International Bibliography
Project MUSE
Google Scholar

Style Guides and Citing

The writing and citation style outlined in the Modern Language Association's MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers is generally accepted as the preferred format for language and literature studies. Copies of the MLA Handbook are available throughout Western Libraries. Non-circulating, ready-reference copies are available both at the Circulation Desk (DBW circ 2HR) and at the Research Help Desk (DBW ref quick NO LOAN) in The D.B. Weldon Library at the following call number: LB2369.M57 2009.

Interlibrary Loans / RACER

RACER is an online Interlibrary Loan system used to search for material not currently available at Western Libraries and to place requests for that material. To access RACER you must have an account. To create your account, you need to register. If you have already registered, simply login. Please keep in mind that your University ID number is used as your login and your password is created by you.

Need More Help?

If you would like additional help with your research for this course or for a related assignment, please visit our Research Help page, or chat with us online.

You may also wish to consult one or more of the following online tutorials, which have been specifically designed to help Western's Arts & Humanities students with library research: