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A guide to the resources available at the Bobst Library for the study of American Literature

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This guide can be used to help you locate resources related to literary studies at any point in the research process.

It is divided into sections which will enable you to quickly locate the type of resource you are seeking.  If you need help locating material for your current research activity, please contact me through information provided in the right column.

Here is the link to the Research Guides hompage (where you can search for a specific guide), and a list of some other research guides that may be useful to your research:

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Browsing Books in the Stacks

Rediscover one of the greatest technological advances ever invented . . . The book!

Academic libraries that use the Library of Congress Classification Outline (the majority of them) can easily be browsed for serendipitous discovery of wonderful books in your subject area. All you need to know is the call number range to get yourself situated.

Library of Congress Call Number Areas:

PE - English Language 
examples: 
PE501 - (693) Middle English
PE(814) - 896 Early Modern English
PN - Literature (General)
examples:
PN441 - 1009.5 Literary History
PN6010 - 6790 Collections of general literature
PR - English Literature
examples:
PR1 - 56 Literary history and criticism
PR3291 - 3785 17th and 18th centuries (1640-1770)
PS - American Literature
examples:
PS501 - 689 Collections of American literature
PS3550 - 3576 1961 - 2000
 
Here is the whole list of the Library of Congress Classification for Class P - Language and Literature:
 

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Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP)

The Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing was founded to create a global network for book historians working in a broad range of scholarly disciplines. Research addresses the composition, mediation, reception, survival, and transformation of written communication in material forms including marks on stone, script on parchment, printed books and periodicals, and new media. Perspectives range from the individual reader to the transnational communications network. With more than 1000 members in over twenty countries, SHARP works in concert with affiliated academic organizations around the world to support the study of book history and print culture.