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.
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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
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