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Essential Resources for English Majors

This guide will also be helpful to English Minors, Graduate Students, and Faculty

First Rule of Literary Research

The First Rule of Literary Research

Examples shown below use the DUQSearch Advanced Search, not the default Basic Search.


To do effective research on authors and their works, there is an essential distinction that must be understood. It is so obvious that many overlook it.

"Know the Difference Between an Author Search and a Subject Search"

 

In an online catalog, to find all books written by a person, search for their name as Author

In an online catalog, to find all books written about a person and their works, search for their name as Subject

 

Variation 1: To Find a Work by an Author

In an online catalog, to find a specific book written by an author, do an Author/Title search

 

Variation 2: To Find Criticism on a Work

In our DUQSearch online catalog, search for the author's name as Subject and the work title as Select a Field (optional) (which will look for the work title as keywords)