Search for books, journals, videos, etc. in our local libraries and special collections.
Have you heard about a great book, but found that it is not available at Bobst? You can now recommend that a copy be purchased for the collection.
Can't make it to the library? Ebook Central to the rescue! Ebook Central contains more than 40,000 full-text books in a variety of subject areas. You will have the ability to search, highlight, annotate books on Ebook Central as well as print or download portions of the texts.
In addition to keyword searching, or searching by title and author, you may search Bobcat by subject heading, in order to make use of the catalog's controlled vocabulary. Subject headings are assigned to published material by the Library of Congress. They can be very broad, consisting of one word, for example, literature or postmodernism or postcolonialism, but they also tend to link terms together, specifying what a work is about according to theme, period, geographical region, etc. Examples of more specific subject headings related to literary theory might include:
Literature--history and criticism--theory, etc.
Gender identity in literature
In general, if you are looking for criticism related to an individual (writer, performer, artist, etc), you can add a hyphen to the person's name and attach criticism and interpretation, then search as a subject heading. You could also do a keyword search, combining the terms American literature and criticism, both as subject heading terms. If you are looking for criticism of a theme or literary or artistic movement, you can attach the phrase history and criticism. For example:
Carter, Angela, 1940--Criticism and interpretation
American literature -- History and criticism
If you are looking at a theme in art or literature, the relevant subject heading may consist of the theme plus the phrase in literature or in art, such as:
Postcolonialism in Literature
Mysticism in Art
You may also search for regional/state literature:
American literature -- New York (State) -- New York
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a service which helps eligible patrons obtain materials that are unavailable in the New York University or consortium libraries.
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:
Literature Online (LION) isn't just for literary criticism - it also contains full-text editions of major works (and some not so major works as well!). There are a number of ways to search for texts, so here are a few:
A very brief selection of books related to American Literature in the stacks.