Olin C. Bailey Library

Jane Austen Senior Seminar

Jane Austen


Literature of the Romantic Period: a Bibliographical Guide  
          R 016.8209 L712o
An Annotated Bibliography of 20th Century Critical
 Studies of Women and Literature, 1660-1800          
          R 016.80989287 B128a

Handbooks & Guides
The Bloomsbury Guide to English Literature                       R 820.3 B623w
Oxford Companion to English Literature                             R 820.3 H262o6
An Atlas of English Literature                                            R 820.84 G613a
Guide to British Prose Explication                                      R 823.09 B392g

Criticism & Biographical Information
Nineteenth Century Literature Criticism (NCLC - brown books)      
          v. 1, 13, 19, 33, 51, 81, 95, 119                             R 809.04 (v.119 © 2003)
British Writers v. IV                                                         R 820.9 B777             v. 4
The Critical Perspective:  Late Georgian-Romantic              R 820.9 C869b
Magill’s Critical Survey of Long Fiction                                R 823.09 C869m2      v. 1
Dictionary of Literary Biography (DLB - blue books)
          British Romantic Novelists, 1789-1832                     R 823.709 B777d        v. 116

Online Catalog (http://baileylib.hendrix.edu)

Some tips:

  • Keyword:  most flexible, most results, relevance is questionable.
  • Subject:  more restrictive, categories, works like an index, idea farm.
  • Title:  more restrictive, have precise titles, works like an index. 
  • Modify/Limit:  limit by language or location.  Ex.:  media center
  • If searching for criticism on an author, search in the keyword category and include the words criticism and interpretation.  Ex:  Jane Austen criticism interpretation


Online Databases

Literature Resource Center 

  • Search “Authors by Type” if you want to see authors in different categories such as lifespan, ethnicity, nationality, genre, etc.
  • Pay attention to the tabs –results display by type of document (biography, criticism, etc.)
  • Use the Literary Encyclopedia to look up subjects.
  • Use and, or, and not, and quotes for phrase searching.
  • Use * on the end of your term for variant endings, and ? for variant spellings.
  • Apostrophes and ampersands (&) are not recognized.

MLA (1963 - present)

  • Use connectors:  and, or, not
  • Use truncation:  * on the end of your term retrieves variant endings.  Example:  dram* retrieves drama, dramatic, but also dramamine!
  • Use wildcards: ? can substitute for one or more letters, and accounts for spelling variations.  Example:  theat?? retrieves theater and theatre; wom?n retrieves woman and women.
  • Use the indexes to find the names of authors and journals.

Literature Online (Primary & Secondary Resources)

  • Use the menu on the left to search for authors, poems (texts), and criticism or browse through complete contents, journals, authors, and clips.
  • Use and, or, near, and not.  Default is to search as a phrase!
  • Use * on the end of your term for variant endings, and ? for variant spellings.
  • Take advantage of “select from a list” to find the “right” words to search by.
  • Quick Search will not search full text of poems, does not search as a phrase, and does not allow searching with and, or, near, and not.

Humanities Full Text (1983 - present)

  • Check the Humanities Full Text box.
  • If Smart Search doesn’t pull up relevant results, try Keyword instead.
  • Use the Browse button to find how the database uses your term (esp. authors’ names)
  • Limit your search by article type and/or date.
  • Use * on the end of your term for variant endings, and ? for variant spellings.

Journals, UCA, & Interlibrary Loan

Check our Journals List to see what journals Bailey Library has.  If we don’t have the journal you need, please check UCA’s catalog, BearCat.  If they don’t have what you need, you can always order your article through interlibrary loan.  See a librarian for more information.


For help in citing electronic resources, see our online guides

Last and Least...Websites

Jane Austen 
Critical essay from a professor at Brandeis University.

Hampshire, the Inspirational Home of Jane Austen 
The Hampshire County Council gives tourism information about the locations associated with the life and works of Jane Austen.

Letter of Jane Austen (Brabourne Edition)

The Republic of Pemberley 
Comprehensive site on Jane Austen's writings and movie adaptations from her novels.

Victorian Literary Studies Archive: Hyper-Concordance 


Last Modified on 11/17/2009