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English Literature Resources: Print Reference

Use this guide to find critical resources on the literature of Great Britain, North America, and the English-Speaking World

Reference Works

The Gumberg Library provides a wide array of reference works dealing with literary topics, including biographical information on authors, materials on genres and themes in literature, world literature surveys, as well as critical materials. We offer works in both print and electronic formats, in some cases the same work in both formats. Below are listed a small portion of the major print reference sets in literary studies.

Regular-sized print reference books on Literature are located on the second floor and are interfiled with the books of literature that may be borrowed. Large-sized reference works are located on the first floor, with the other Oversized Books. Many of the print reference works must be used in the library, but some can be borrowed. Those listed below must all be used in the library.

A search in QuickSearch will locate the many other individual reference works and sets available.


Cambridge Guide to Literature in English, 3rd Edition. Call number: PR85 .C29 2006

Critical Survey of Drama, 2nd Revised Edition. Call number: PN1625 .C68 2003

Critical Survey of Long Fiction, English Language Series. Call number: PN3451 .C7

Critical Survey of Poetry, English Language Series. Call number: PN1021 .C85 1985

Critical Survey of Poetry, Foreign Language Series. Call number: PN1021 .C7 1984

Reference Works

Masterplots, Revised 2nd Edition. Call number: PN44 .M33 1996

Masterplots II, American Fiction Series. Call number: PS373 .M37 2000

Masterplots II, Drama Series. Call number: PN6112.5 .M37 1990

Masterplots II, World Fiction Series. Call number: PN3326 .M28 1987

New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics. Call number: PN1021 .E5 1993x

Oxford Companion to African American Literature. Call number: PS153 .N5 O96 1997

Oxford Companion to American Literature, 6th Edition. Call number: PS21 .H3 1995

Oxford Companion to English Literature, 6th Edition. Call number: PR19 .O94 2006

Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States. Call number: PS147 .O94 1995


Woman Reading, by Utagawa Kuniyoshi. Public Domain. Source: Wikimedia Commons