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English and American Literature

A resource guide for the study of English and American Literature.


If you're taking English 101 at NYU, this page is designed to introduce you to some of the resources you'll use most often. Feel free to explore the rest of this guide for a sense of what other tools and materials the NYU Libraries have to offer. And if you find this guide useful, remember that we have library research guides for many subjects. Check them out here:

Library access for the 2020-2021 academic year

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, physical access to the NYU Libraries is currently restricted. However, you can still use online materials, consult with librarians, and request print materials for contactless pickup or delivery. Find the latest information on our current services and policies here:

Finding Books at Bobst


To find books at Bobst, search BobCat, our library catalog.

A few steps:

  1. Check the status of an item.  Generally, Available means that the copy is in the library and can be checked out (excluding Reference materials).
  2. Note the call number, not the ISBN number.  The call number (ex. HT261.4.T5 1998) is what you use to locate the book.
  3. Consult the directory in the elevator to figure out which floor your item is on.

Using databases for literature research

Library databases help you find online content that the NYU Libraries subscribe to. Below are some of the databases you'll find most useful for literature research. You can get to these and other databases via the Articles & Databases tab from the main NYU Libraries website; note that we have a longer list of databases for English literature listed there.

For more guidance, see the Finding Articles via Databases section of this guide.

Using the MLA International Bibliography

This video, created by the editors of the MLA International Bibliography, offers a three-minute introduction to the MLAIB. Closed captioning is available through the Vimeo platform. No transcript is available.

This video is one of many MLA International Bibliography tutorials available on the MLA's own website.

Using NYU Special Collections

NYU's Special Collections Center, located on the second floor of Bobst Library, houses rare, unique, and historic materials, including the Fales Library of British and American Literature. See the Special Collections section of this guide for more details.

English 101 presentation slides