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English Language & Literature

Resources for conducting literary research on English & American Literatures.

Why Use Books?

stack of booksBooks written by scholars and published by university presses are a good source of information for many topics.

When and Why You Should Use Books:

  • You need good historical overviews of topic
  • You need broad coverage of one or more topics
  • You need a summary of existing research on a topic

Remember: Books may contain less recent information, often due to a lengthy publication process. Also, you may only need to read one chapter of a scholarly book!

Find Books at Temple

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Need to find a book? Use the following source to find books at Temple.

Find Books at Other Libraries

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Can't find a book you need at Temple? Try using the following sources and request books to be sent to Temple.

 Need additional help with EZBorrow or ILLiad? See the guide Borrow from Another Library.

How to Read Call Numbers

Book spineYou've got a call number to a book -- great! But, how do you read it so you can find the book on the shelves?

Let's look at PR851 .P74 2000 (The Anthology and the Rise of the Novel: From Richardson to George Eliot by Leah Price) as an example:


Read the first line in alphabetical order: A, B, BF, C, D... L, LA, LB, LC, M, ML...

Read the second line as a whole number: 1, 2, 3, 45, 100, 101, 1000, 2000, 2430...

The third line is a combination of a letter and numbers. Read the letter alphabetically. Read the number as a decimal, e.g.: .F64 = .64, .C724 = .724

Some call numbers have more than one combination letter-number line.

The last line is the year the book was published. Read in chronological order: 1843, 1972, 2010…