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Research in English

English embraces both reading and writing literature. Reading critically involves analyzing texts in the context of history, literary theory, genres, or social issues and can involve looking into historical, cultural, or thematic connections. English majors also write creatively and may need inspiration or factual information for their work or may want to know more about the publishing business. This guide to resources presents a small sampling of the tools available for the interpretation or creation of literature..Please don't hesitate to ask a librarian for assistance if you aren't finding what you need.


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Best Bets!

The most in-depth database for literature and language comes from the Modern Language Association.

Browsing Journals in the Field

We subscribe to a number of journals in print, most of them reviews publishing essays, poetry, and short fiction. With the exception of Poetry, the most current issue of which is shelved in the Browsing area of the main floor, these are shelved alphabetically by title on the lower level. They can be checked out for a week.  

English Journals in Print

American Poetry Review
Antioch Review
English Journal
Film Comment
Gettysburg Review
Great River Review
Hudson Review
Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment - ISLE
Kenyon Review
Massachusetts Review
Michigan Quarterly Review
Minnesota Review
New England Review
Paris Review
Poetry (current issue on main floor)
Poets & Writers
Sewanee Review
Southern Review
Southwest Review
Victorian Literature and Culture
Western Humanities Review
Willa Cather Newsletter and Review
Yellow Medicine Review


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Julie Gilbert
I love meeting with students and faculty to talk about your research, including any issues you have - or even if you just want to brainstorm. There are lots of ways to reach me. Email me with questions or use the old fashioned phone number below to contact me. Or stop by during my reference/office hours: Wednesdays from 2:30 - 4:30 and Thursdays from 1:00 - 2:30. I'll either be in my office (Library 108B on the lower level) or the reference desk on the main floor.

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