Dictionary of Literary Devices: Gradus, A-Z e-book in library catalog
Key Concepts in Literary Theory e-book in library catalog
New Handbook of Literary Terms e-book in library catalog
Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics e-book in library catalog
**Click on Advanced Search under Search Library
Select Library Catalog link at the top of the search screen. This is an index to the collections of Milne Library.
Any Field will search for keywords in fields of the item record, including author, title, subject, and contents. Use drop-down menu to search for a specific field such as Author, Title, Subject. Use drop-down menu under Material Type to choose Books. Click on Search toward the bottom of the screen after entering search terms.
Example: postcolonial* searches for postcolonial, postcolonialism, postcolonialist(s)
Example: “narrative technique”
Examples: Jane Austen and criticism
“Paradise Lost” and criticism
After retrieving your list of results:
**Sign in with your SUNY Oneonta username and password to get complete results and to request items from other SUNY libraries through Interlibrary Loan (Resource Sharing). This service is not available at this time.
Signing in also provides access to your search histories and allows you to create personal lists of useful sources to which you can later return.
Click on titles to see more information about the source. Click on the terms after Subject for lists of sources devoted specifically to coverage of the topic.
To access books:
For electronic books in Milne Library:
1. Click on the title of the book
2. Under View Online—Full text availability, link to any database listed and then to the
full text of the book
For print books in Milne Library:
1. Note the availability status.
2. Go to Get It! and select Request Item for Remote Check Out.
3. The item will be checked out to you, and you will be notified by e-mail when it is
available for pick up. Pick-up location is in the Argo Tea lobby. (Mon.-Sun. 7:30
4. Library items can be returned at any time through the book drops either on the
exterior of the Milne Library building (to the right of the main front entrance) or next
to the rear entrance of the library.
5. Returned items will be quarantined for six days.
**Virtual Browse (at the bottom of selected records for print books) gives information about books on the shelf near the selected book title, which can also be useful, since like titles are classed together.
Essay and General Literature Index (1985-present) Under Databases
Indexes essays in book collections. on library web site
Essay and General Literature Index Retrospective (1900-1984) Under Databases
As above, for earlier years. on library web site
For academic research, it is often important to use peer-reviewed (or refereed) journals rather than popular magazines. Peer review is the process by which a journal article is evaluated by experts in the field. An example of a peer-reviewed journal is Narrative. An example of a popular magazine is National Geographic.
Link to the following databases by clicking on the Databases link on the left side of the library web site and locating the database name in the alphabetical list.
Databases Covering Literature
Databases Covering Many Subjects, Including Literature
Locating the full text of an article in electronic form:
If there is no full text with the citation for an article in a database, the full text of the article might be available in another database. Try searching for the journal title in the Journals tab on the library web site. Follow link(s) to listed database(s). If the article is unavailable in any database, request the article through the Interlibrary Loan link either in the database record or on the library’s web site.*
Locating the full text in print or microform:
*Requesting an article on Interlibrary Loan:
If the article is not available at Milne Library in any form, request the article through the link Interlibrary Loan either on the library web site or in the database record for the desired article. Registration on the library web site is necessary before submitting your first request. Complete the appropriate request form, if you cannot find a link to Interlibrary Loan in the record for the desired article.
Mary Lynn Bensen (MaryL.Bensen@oneonta.edu)
Milne Library, SUNY Oneonta