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English Women's Literature - 4543: Books



For additional book titles not owned by NSU Libraries search the WorldCat databases. The WorldCat databases will locate items (books, dvds, and articles) from other libraries as well as items owned by the NSU Libraries.

Keyword Search

Many systems, like databases, library catalogs online, and Google, default to the "Keyword" search, which uses "natural language" or words. This term or set of terms can appear anywhere or any field in a record, such as title, author, subject, note, etc. The meaning of the words are not considered. For example, the terms "heavy metal" could pull results related to music or related to soil content. Here are some basic tips on how to use the Keyword search.

Tip: Used the Keyword search to combine an author and keywords in a title of her work. For example, for information about the short story, "Story of an Hour", by Kate Chopin, or the fiction novel, A Worn Path, by Eudora Welty, combine the author's last name and a keyword of the title of the work. Note: The names are not case sensitive. Additionally, the search may pull other non-related titles if the terms entered appear in the item record.

  • Example author:  chopin and hour
  • Example poet:  dickinson and because 
  • Example playwright:  huges and mulatto

Tip: Combine or group terms by enclosing them within quotation marks.  
"american literature history and criticism"

Grouping: Keyword search results are usually grouped by relevance to bring the most likely titles to the top of the list. Each group represents a similar level of relevance and results are sorted within the group by date or title. To get an ungrouped result set, use boolean operators to form a complex query. 

Author Search

The "Author" search locates all items written or co-authored by that author in the library's collections. From the Library home page (see the link below), click on the "Books & Media" tab at the top of the main library page and select "Author" from the drop down menu.

Tip: Enter the author's last name/family name in the search box followed by the author's first name/given name. Examples:

  • Peter Cozzens or Cozzens Peter
  • James Harner or Harner James
  • Betty Ridge or Ridge Betty

Tip: If the author's name is similar to another author's name, provide the middle name initial.

  • Ex: Smith, James D or Smith, James F

Tip: Some author's names and middle initials are the same. If the middle name is given use it, if not generally a quick review of the book titles will determine which author is correct. 

  • Ex: Smith, James Perrin or Smith, James P

Tip: When searching for Latin names using the Library Catalog at NSU Libraries, they can differ in the way they are searched. However, when searching through the database WorldCat (OCLC), it will search for words and will return results. Examples:

  • Garcilaso de la Vega would be entered as: Vega, Garcilaso de la
  • Mario Vargas Llosa would be entered as: Vargas Llosa, Mario
  • Juana Ines de la Cruz would be entered as written, without changing the wording.
  • Federico Garcia Lorca would be entered as Garcia Lorca, Federico
  • Pedro Calderon de la Barca would be entered as Calderon de la Barca, Pedro

Subject Search

The "Subject" search uses a "controlled vocabulary" and focuses on subject terms or subject headings to define or to describe the information within the system. This type of search is targeted using specific terms or phrases that are highly relevant to the topic. It will locate all records on this subject and does not consider other fields, like the title or note fields as part of the search. This ensures the results are related and focused on the subject searched or the desired topic, which saves the user time.
English Poetry
American Poetry
American Poetry 19th Century History and Criticism
Dickinson, Emily 1830-1886
American Literature Encyclopedias
American Literature Bio-bibliography
American fiction women authors
Short Stories American
Fiction short stories
English fiction women authors
Spanish poetry
Spanish poetry 20th century History and criticism
Short stories Spanish
dramatists, American
dramatists, English
American drama - 20th century
Glaspell, Susan 1876-1948
Women and literature
feminist poetry
For additional information and to locate the Library of Congress subject authority headings and more, see the Library of Congress Authorities link below. 

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For a study about an author try searching for theses or dissertations that can provide in depth studies about the author, his or her life, particular bodies of work (poetry, drama, short stories, etc.). These studies provide excellent reference materials and bibliographies, which are beneficial in deepening ones search. Consider using the database WorldCat Dissertations and Theses (the link to this database is below). Additionally, one can search for theses/dissertations through the worldwide web (Google Scholar) search (link is also below). Most of these items will not be owned by NSU Libraries and will need to be requested through your Interlibrary Loan account. For further information about Interlibrary Loan, see the Library Services tab in this guide.