Olin C. Bailey Library

Literary Analysis

Book and Pen



The Novels of World War I                                      R 016.80883 H122n
Black Playwrights, 1823-1977                                  R 016. 812 H281b
Bibliographies of Studies in Victorian Literature              R 016.8209 B471
Shakespeare:  A Study & Research Guide                     R 016.82233 B453s3
The Essential Shakespeare                                          R 016. 82233 C358e2
Shakespeare & Feminist Criticism                                   R 016.82233 K832s
Shakespeare's World:  Renaissance Intellectual Contexts  R 016.941055 EL85s

American Literary Scholarship (1963 – 2006)  R 016.8109 Am35

Annual review in which various scholars survey the past year’s work in American literature within their particular areas of competence. Essays cover periods, genres, and authors.

Indexes, Dictionaries, & Summaries

The Columbia Granger's Index to Poetry      R 0168081 G765i9
Dictionary of Literary Devices                      R 808.03 D928d
Greenwood Companion to Shakespeare       R 822.33 DG856r
Harvard Concordance to Shakespeare         R 822.33 Gsp
Folger Book of Shakespeare Quotations             R 822.33 Hsh

Criticism & Biographical Information

Literary Criticism (brown books)                                   R 809.04
          Shakespearean Criticism                                        R 822.33 DSh15g
Dictionary of Literary Biography (blue books)                 R 810.9 – R820.9
          William Shakespeare:  A Documentary Volume              R 822.33 DW67L
Contemporary Authors                                                  R 928.1 C767

Reviews - Index Tables

Book Review Index
Book Review Digest
New York Times (LexisNexis Academic or Print Index)

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: Wallace Stevens criticism interpretation

Online Databases

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 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.


Project MUSE (1990s - present)

  • Use quotations (e.g. "manifest destiny") to search for phrases.
  • If desired, combine terms by typing Boolean operators AND, OR, and NOT, or type terms in separate boxes and use the pull-downs at the left of the search boxes.
  • Select fields to search from the right-hand pulldowns. 
  • Use truncation (*) on the end of your term to search for plurals or parts of words.
  • If needed, use limits to narrow the search results to specific sets of journals or articles.


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 – this is especially useful in searching for 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.


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.

Journals, UCA, & Interlibrary Loan

Check the Journals List to see which 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 Modified on 11/17/2009