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English and American Literature

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

Using BobCat to Find Literature Journals

One of the best methods of staying current with your field is by browsing the journal literature. Literature journals help you keep up with the latest scholarship and provide potential venues for publishing your own research. The numerous online databases available to you through the library allow you to search through the contents of these journals (and many others), but browsing through an individual journal will allow you the opportunity for more specific topic research.

You can use the advanced search options in BobCat, the NYU Libraries' catalog, to limit the material type to "Journal" while searching for a subject or keyword of your choice. Here are some sample subject searches, limited to journals:

Try adding in additional terms to narrow your search down, or use the "Tweak my results" options on the left side of the page if you're getting too many results.

If this method doesn't work for you, you may want to look at a more specialized list of journals (see "Using the MLA Directory of Periodicals" below).

Using the MLA Directory of Periodicals to Find Literature Journals

If you want to look at a list of journals for any topic within literary studies, try the MLA Directory of Periodicals (DOP). Each entry in the DOP provides information about the journal's scope, subject matter, publication schedule, editors, submission guidelines, peer review status, and more. You can access the DoP from within the MLA International Bibliography database, or directly through its own link (below and in the library's Articles & Databases portal).

The video below, from the Modern Language Association, explains the basics of using the DoP.

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.

A Sampling of Literature Journals

Here is a small sampling of the literature journals available to you through the library:

Need to find out if a journal is peer-reviewed? Use Ulrichs