The primary search enignes for identifying and locating the Library's books, journals, films, newspapers, government documents, digital collections and other resources are listed here. Article search engines are listed in the Databases and Review Journals box on this page.
Browsing the shelves of the library can be an excellent way to discover material. Browsing can add depth to your research because it can allow you to find books on topics you didn't know existed or books that use terms you hadn't considered or known about. The collocation of books by topic in the library stacks can also provide an orientation to a subject area.
In the Library of Congress classification system, literatures in English are given call numbers in the PR and PS range. A very broad outline is here.
PR1-9680 English literature
PR1-56 Literary history and criticism
PR111-116 Women authors
PR125-(138.5) Relations to other literatures and countries
PR161-488 By period
PR171-236 Anglo-Saxon (Beginnings through 1066)
PR251-369 Medieval. Middle English (1066-1500)
PR421-(429) Elizabethan era (1550-1640)
PR431-(439) 17th century
PR441-(449) 18th century
PR451-(469) 19th century
PR471-(479) 20th century
PR481-488 21st century
PR521-614 By period
PR641-744 By period
PR767-818 By period
PR821-890 Prose fiction. The novel
PR931-938 Wit and humor
PR(951)-981 Folk literature
PR1098-1369 Collections of English literature
PR1110 Special classes of authors
PR1119-1151 By period
PR1281-1309 Prose (General)
PR1490-1799 Anglo-Saxon literature
PR1803-2165 Anglo-Norman period. Early English. Middle English
PR2199-3195 English renaissance (1500-1640)
PR3291-3785 17th and 18th centuries (1640-1770)
PR3991-5990 19th century, 1770/1800-1890/1900
PR8309-9680 English literature: Provincial, local, etc.
PS1-3576 American literature
PS126-138 Biography, memoirs, letters, etc.
PS147-152 Women authors
PS163-173 Treatment of special subjects, classes
PS185-231 By period
PS185-195 17th-18th centuries
PS201-217 19th century
PS221-228 20th century
PS229-231 21st century
PS241-286 Special regions, states, etc.
PS271-285 West and Central
PS370-380 Prose fiction
PS430-439 Wit and humor. Satire
PS(451)-478 Folk literature
PS490 Juvenile literature (General)
PS501-689 Collections of American literature
PS530-536.3 By period
PS537-574 By region
PS561-572 West and Central
PS593 By form
PS601-617 By period
PS642-659.5 Prose (General)
PS651-659.2 By period
PS666-668.2 By period
PS700-3576 Individual authors
PS700-893 Colonial period (17th and 18th centuries)
PS991-(3390) 19th century
PS(8001-8599) Canadian literature
The MLA International Bibliography appears first on the list as this database is major resource for doing research in literature of all languages. You will also find it useful for linguisics and folklore.
"Bucket o'full text". Online fulltext journals; in JSTOR's case an archive going back to the beginning of a journal's publication and coming forward to within three-five years of the present.