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ENGL 340: Romantic Literature

Finding Books

Search Omni to find books of criticism, biographies, bibliographies, companions, etc on various writers of the Romantic period.  

Do an Author search to find books by a literary author, e.g. William Wordsworth
    wordsworth william  (within author)

Do a Subject search for find books about a literary author, e.g. William Wordsworth
    wordsworth william (within subject heading)

Subject Headings vs Keyword Searching

Subject headings allow you to search the library catalogue for resources on a particular author or topic and are often more productive than keyword searches

Keyword searches work best if you have mulitiple concepts or topics. Use the results to find relevant titles and identify assigned subject headings for your topic in order to find similar books. 

Start with the broad subject heading, Wordsworth William 1770-1850 and then browse the subheadings. Some examples:

For works about specific poem. do a subject search with the poet's name and the title of the work. For example:

Coleridge Samuel Taylor 1772-1834  Rime of the Ancient Mariner 

Additional subject headings that can be useful include:


English literature--18th century

English literature--18th century--History and criticism

English literature--19th century

English literature--19th century--History and criticism


English poetry--18th century

English poetry--19th century

Other subject headings

Literature and society--England--History--18th century
Literature and society--England--History--19th century

Literature publishing--Great Britain--History--18th century
Literature publishing--Great Britain--History--19th century

Romanticism--Great Britain 

Subject Headings

Useful subject headings for an overview of the historical period include:

England--Social conditions--18th century
England--Social conditions--19th century
England--Social life and customs--18th
Great Britain--History--1789-1820 
Great Britain--History--1800-1837
Great Britain--History--18th century
Great Britain--History--19th century
Great Britain--Politics and government--
Great Britain--Politics and government--
Great Britain--Politics and government--
Great Britain--Social life and customs--
        16th century
Great Britain--Social life and customs--
         17th century

Browsing the Library Shelves

Browsing the library shelves is another strategy for locating information on a topic.Individual author call number ranges include:

Jane Austen  PR4030-4038

William Blake  PR4140-4148

Robert Burns   PR4300-4348

George Gordon Byron  PR4350-4398

Samuel Taylor Coleridge  PR4470-4488 

John Keats  PR4830-4838

Mary Shelley  PR5397-5398

Percy Bysshe Shelley  PR5400-5448

William Wordsworth  PR5850-5898