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Selected Resources


August 2009
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Latin American materials are also covered, as that literature is included in the Foreign Language curriculum.
If you have a question, call the Reference department or email your query to webref@southalabama.edu
This is a selective list of materials; for additional titles search by subject or keyword.
Subject searching must follow a standard list of headings.  Example:  French literature
A person may be a subject.  Example:  gide andre   Use the last name first.  Keyword searching may also be done, with or without Boolean.  Don’t  use punctuation; capitalization is unnecessary.


MLA International BibliographyThe leading database for languages and literature.  Link to this and other data-
                bases through the home page: “Articles Indexes Databases.”  Then select EBSCO.
Project Muse
JSTORThis database contains a number of journal titles, but coverage generally omits the last 5 years.
Academic Search Complete (EBSCO).  This is a general academic database with a number of relevant journal titles


Contemporary Literary Criticism.  1973-   Ref. PN 771 .C59
Twentieth Century Literary Criticism.  1978-  Ref. PN 771 .T9
Literature Resource Center. 
This database is based on the Scribner series, the DLB, and the two titles just
above.  It has added content and does not necessarily duplicate criticism from the print sources.


Dictionary of Literary and Thematic Terms.  Ref. PN 44.5 .Q56 1999
Handbook to Literature.  Ref. PN 41 .H355 2006
Larousse Dictionary of Literary Characters. Ref. PR 19 .L37 1994
Encyclopedia of Feminist Literature. Ref. PN 471 .W455 2004
Encyclopedia of Medieval Literature. . Ref. PN 669 .53 2000
Oxford Companion to Italian Literature. Bookstacks PQ 4006 .O84 2002
Twentieth Century Literary Movements.  Ref. PN 597 .T94 2000


For full-length works, search the person’s name as subject, last name first.  Sources of briefer references follow:
Biography and Genealogy Master Index. .  Indexes other sources.
                Connect through “Electronic Reference Books”
Dictionary of Literary Biography. DLB. Multivolume.  Ref. PS 129 .D5
Encyclopedia of Continental Women Writers.   Ref. PN 481 .E5 1991
European Writers.  1983- Ref. PN 501 .E9 1983.  Several supplements.
Nobel Laureates in Literature.  Ref. PN 452 .N6 1990
                Also link to http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates
World Authors, 1900-1950.  4 vols. + supplements.  Ref. PN 451 .W674 1996


French Language and Literature: An Annotated Bibliography.  Ref. Z 2175 .A2 B39 1989
Francophone Post-Colonial Cultures:  Critical Essays.  Bookstacks PQ 3897 .F73 2003
Bibliographie der Franzosischen Literaturwissenschaft.  1956-
                Ref. Z 2171 .K55   Library has 1956-1989 and 1991.
New Oxford Companion to Literature in French.   Ref. PQ 41 .N48 1995
Dictionnaire des oeuvres litteraires du Quebec.  Ref./Bookstacks  PQ 3901 .D5 1980


German Literature:  An Annotated Reference Guide.  Ref. Z 2231 .F38
Bibliographie der Deutschen Literaturwissenschaft.  1956- Ref. Z 2231 .B51  Library has 1969, 1971-1990
Companion to Twentieth Century German Literature.  Bookstacks Z 2230 .C65 1997
Metzler Literatur Chronik.  Bookstacks PT 85.M45 1997


Reference Guide to Russian Literature.  Ref. PG 2940 .R44 1998
Letopis’ Retsenzii.  Ref. Z 2495 .L65
Library has 1986- with some issues missing; subject matter is bibliography & reviews.
Dictionary of Russian Literature Since 1917.   Ref. Z 2500 .K3513 1988
Dictionary of Russian Women Writers.  Ref. PG 2997 .D53 1994


Biographical Dictionary of Hispanic Literature in the United States. Ref. PQ 7420.2 .K3 1989
Contemporary Latin American Fiction: An Annotated Bibliography.  Ref. PQ 7082 .N7 b76 1989
Encyclopedia of Latin American Literature. Ref. PQ 7081 .A1 B53 1997
Handbook of Latin American Literature.  2nd ed. Ref. PQ 7081 .A1 H36 1992
Handbook of Latin American Studies. 1935-  Ref. Z 1605 .H26
Library has 1935-49, 1955-59, 1961-72 & 1975-2002.  Now online
Mexican Literature: A Bibliography of Selected Sources.  Ref. Z 1421 .F63 1992
Mexican Literature:  A History.  Bookstacks PQ 7111 .M49 1994
Modern Latin American Fiction Writers.  1st series. DLB. Ref. PS 129 .D5 v.113
See also 2nd series.  Biographies, primary bibliographies, selected secondary bibliographies.
New History of Spanish Literature.  Bookstacks/Ref. PQ 6033 .C45 1991
Sourcebook for Hispanic Literature and Language.  Ref. PC 4071 .B4 1995
Spanish American Authors: The Twentieth Century. Ref. PQ 7081.3  .F57 1992
Spanish and Spanish American Literature:  An Annotated Guide to Selected Bibliographies. Ref. Z 2691 .A1 W66 1983


VoS:  Voice of the Shuttle. http://vos.ucsb.edu
In VoS, select “Literatures Other than English.”
On-line Literary Sources. http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Lit

For more websites go to topic guides  on the Library home page, then select “Literature and Language.”


SOUTHcat  Catalog Search Examples

Careful with  romance language surnames.  For example, it is garcia marquez gabriel  NOT
marquez gabriel garcia.  Double surnames aren’t always hyphenated.  Experiment with the order
of the names when searching by author or subject (person).


Keyword with Boolean:
Guide and  “german literature”                   

dictionaries and  “French literature”

“bio bibliography” and  “Spanish literature”                             

“russian literature”


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