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Women's Literature: Books

Ways to Search For Books

HBLL Library Catalog Search Tips

Keyword Searching:  Searches everything in specified fields in the record (brings up a lot, but not always relevant material).

Advanced Searching: Allows you to customize your search to look for words in the title, subject field or elsewhere in the record individually or in combination.

Browse Alphabetically: This is the best way to find what the HBLL has about an author: simply choose to search by alphabetic subject and enter the author's last name, first name (for example "Gaskell, Elizabeth") and you'll get a list of subject terms about Gaskell: bibliographies, biographies, criticism and interpretation, etc.  Also try searching by subject alphabetical for terms such as "Feminism," "Feminism and Literature ," "Feminist Theory," or "Women and Literature."

Truncation: In keyword searching, use the "$" to search for the variations on a root word: "poet$" will retrieve "poets," "poetry," "poetic," "poetics," etc.

Subject Links:  When you're looking at a book record in the HBLL catalog, check the highlighted subject links, you may want to click on one to bring up other titles in the HBLL that deal with the same subject.

Call Number Browsing: When you find a book on your subject, click on the "Nearby Items On Shelf" link on the upper left of the record to see what other books are near it on the shelf.

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Book Reviews

Here are some sources for book reviews.  Be sure to search in some of the subject specialized periodical indexes as well.

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Call Numbers

Women's literature, Women writers, Feminism, and Feminist literary theory are classified by the Library of Congress (LC) under various numbers - below are some browsing numbers for various Feminist studies:

Feminism HQ 1101-HQ 2030.7
Feminism and Art N 72 .F45
Feminism and Theater PN 1590 .W64
Feminism and Motion Pictures PN 1995.9 .W6
Feminism and Music ML 82
Feminist Theology BT 83.55
Feminist Therapy RC 489 .F45
Women as Critics/Feminist Criticism
PN 98 .W64

Women's Literature, General PN 471 - PN 481
Women's Literature, British
PR 111 - PR 119
Women's Literature, American
PS 147 - PS 152

Bibliography Managers

Use one of these tools to import references of books, articles, and websites into folders and keep them organized.  Create in-text citations and format your bibliography for your paper too.