EH 523 Postcolonial Literature and Theory


Other Graduate Students

Dr. Lincoln Shlensky


March. 23rd, 2005
Jan Sauer

Help is available at the Reference Desk, 2nd Floor North, or call the Reference Desk at 460-7025, or email us at


SOUTHcat Catalog -- provides an inventory of what we own. Includes e-books, videos, dvds, government documents and reference books and periodical titles and which, volumes and issues of periodicals we own. Keywords: postcolonial?; decolonization and literature; imperialism and literature; colonies and literature

NetLibrary -Approx. 10,000 electronic books [ by subscription]. Included in the Catalog, but may be searched separately.

Reference Books-- Reference Area, 2nd floor North or the following online versions. Use these dictionaries, encyclopedias and handbooks for background information and bibliography.

The following are in E-Reference

Oxford English Dictionary--definitions, derivations, first usage (20 vols in print; online through the AVL)

Oxford Reference Online Premium --over 100 of the Oxford Press reference books in full-text, searchable.(via the AVL)

WorldCat from FirstSearch: --Combined database of books and other things owned by U.S. and international libraries.
Journal Articles from Subscription Databases

MLA International Bibliography [Under Ebsco] some "linked" full-text only (also includes books and chapters of books.)

JSTOR All full-text; all PDF, slightly (3-5 years) older but often extending back quite far. Check the Language and Literature box for a tighter focus

Contemporary Literary Criticism - Select (CLC) [Under Gale/InfoTrac] "extensive collection of critical essays on contemporary(alive after 1970) authors."

Literature Resource Center [Under Gale/InfoTrac] selected full-text, from reference books, books and articles; click on the "criticism" tab.

Expanded Academic ASAP [Under Gale/InfoTrac] some full-text. Use this for the most current articles in a variety of journals.

Academic Search Premier [Under Ebsco] some full-text Use this for the most current articles in a variety of journals.

Oxford Journals Online --particularly good for linguistics articles.


If you have the information about an article, but need to find the journal issue with the article in it?

Our Journal List --USA Subscribed, Full-Text, Electronic Journals and Print Holdings

Getting books from other places:

InfoPass for SHC or U of Mobile
InterLibrary Loan -- order books or articles from other libraries; free if in Alabama.

Public Internet-- Evaluate what you find through a search engine thoroughly. Criteria for Evaluating webpages

Google Scholar Advanced Search

  • Useful for non-subscription based--open access--online journal articles
  • Also useful as a "citation index". Find out who else is citing the article that you find most useful. Perhaps they have additional insights on your focus.
  • Links to library catalog to check for availability

Advanced Google limit to a domain. Google Books. Google Scholar.

DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals

Postcolonial George Landow, out of Brown University: "Although the Postcolonial Web derives from materials originally developed to assist students in my courses at Brown for use in a series of other hypertext environments, even in days before its appearance on the World Wide Web, independent scholars, students, and faculty other institutions contributed to it, and since it translation to the Web, the number of contributions from readers in Asia, Australia, and Europe has risen dramatically."

Voice of the Shuttle Do a search for "postcolonial" in the search box to find links in this massive collection.

Postcolonial Studies at Emory

Citing from online databases:

Bedford St. Martins: Research and Documentation Online by Diana Hacker

Some Library Guides to other sources of information:

English Literature
Shakespeare Intro
Women's Literature
Literatures in English--selected websites

Plagiarism and Turnitin?

plagiarism for students

Turnitin for students

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