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English Language and Literature Research Guide: Finding Books

A library research guide for the study of English language and literatre



How to Find Books at Yale University Library

Finding Books Outside of Yale University Library

Subject Headings

By country and period:

  • English literature--17th century
  • English literature--History and criticism
  • American literature--19th century--Criticism and interpretation

By genre:

  • English poetry
  • Protest literature, American
  • American drama
  • Revolutionary literature, American
  • English essays
  • Picaresque literature
  • Novel
  • Drama
  • Fiction
  • Fairy tales
  • Folk literature
  • Religious literature, English
  • Prose literature
  • Comic books, strips
  • Motion pictures--United States
  • Children's literature, English
  • English diaries

By movement:

  • Romanticism
  • Baroque

By individual author's name:

  • Milton, John
  • Hemingway, Ernest, 1899-1961--Character

By individual literary work:

  • Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Hamlet


  • Plots
  • Semiotics and literature
  • Women and literature
  • Intertextuality
  • Italy in literature
  • Doubles in literature
  • Satires
  • Coplas

Background information:

  • England--Social Life and Customs--19th century
  • United States--Intellectual Life--18th century