Women's Literature Research Guide

HBLL Catalog, Journals, Periodical Indexes, etc.
HBLL Research Guide 2003-2004
see also the related research guides on English and American Literature,
American Literature, Comparative Literature and Literary Theory and Criticism

Robert S. Means, English and American Literature Librarian, 5525 HBLL, 422-6117


  1. Feminist Theory, General
  2. Feminist Literary Theory & Criticism
  3. Women’s Literature, General
  4. Women’s Literature, British
  5. Feminism, Shakespeare
  6. Women’s Literature, American
  7. Women’s Literature, American (Ethnic)
  8. Feminists/Feminist Theory, Women Writers, Other Literatures
  9. HBLL Catalog
  10. Journals
  11. Periodical Indices
  12. Other Literary Resources
  13. Other Resources / Services
  14. Internet Resources

Women’s literature, Women writers, Feminism, and Feminist literary theory are classified by the Library of Congress (LC) under various numbers - below are some browsing numbers for various Feminist studies:

Feminism HQ 1101-HQ 2030.7 Feminism and Music ML 82
Feminist Theory HQ 1190
Feminist Ethics BJ 1395
Feminism and Art N 72 .F45 Feminist Theology BT 83.55
Feminism and the Arts NX 180 .F4
Feminism and Education LC 197
Feminism and Theater PN 1590 .W64 Feminist Therapy RC 489 .F45
Feminism and Motion Pictures PN 1995.9 .W6

Humanities Ref.
HQ 1115 .B65 1996
Historical Dictionary of Feminism
By Janet K. Boles, Diane Long Houveler ; with the assistance of Rebecca Bardwell. Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, c1996.
Humanities Ref.
HQ 1115 .H86 1995
The Dictionary of Feminist Theory
Maggie Humm. 2nd ed. Columbus : Ohio State University Press, c1995.
Humanities Ref.
HQ 1115 .M54x 1989
Womanwords : a Vocabulary of Culture and Patriarchal Society
Jane Mills. Harlow, Essex, England : Longman, 1989.

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(Women as Critics / Feminist Criticism: PN 98 .W64)
Humanities Ref.
PN 98 .W64 H85 1994 E53
A Reader's Guide to Contemporary Feminist Literary Criticism
Maggie Humm. New York ; London : Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1994.
Humanities Ref.
PN 771 .C6x
Contemporary Authors
Provides complete biographical references for more than 90,000 current writers in fiction, general nonfiction, poetry, journalism, drama, motion pictures, television, and other fields from the U.S. and around the world. In both print and electronic formats.
Humanities Ref.
PS185 .A4 1983
American Writers Before 1800 : a Biographical and Critical Dictionary
Edited by James A. Levernier and Douglas R. Wilmes. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1983.

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(LC browsing numbers: PN 471 - PN 481)
Humanities Ref.
PN 451 .X1 F46 1996
Feminist Writers
Editor, Pamela Kester-Shelton ; foreword by Hortense Spillers. Detroit : St. James Press, c1996.
Humanities Ref.
PN 471 .B57 1992
The Bloomsbury Guide to Women's Literature
Edited by Clare Buck. New York : Prentice Hall General Reference, c1992.

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(LC browsing numbers: PR 111 - PR 119)
Humanities Ref.
PR 111 .E54 1998
An Encyclopedia of British Women Writers
Edited by Paul and June Schlueter. Rev. and expanded ed. New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, 1998.
Humanities Ref.
PR 111 .F463x 1990
The Feminist Companion to Literature in English : Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present
Editors, Virginia Blain, Patricia Clements, Isobel Grundy ; consulting editors, Barbara Christian ... [et al.] ; contributing editors, Julia Boffey ... [et al.] New Haven : Yale University Press, 1990.

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Humanities Ref.
PR 2976 .X1 K76 1991
Shakespeare and Feminist Criticism : an Annotated Bibliography and Commentary
Philip C. Kolin. New York : Garland, 1991.
PR 3069 .S45 S53 1995 Shakespeare and Gender : a History
Edited by Deborah Barker and Ivo Kamps. London ; New York : Verso, 1995.

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(LC browsing numbers: PS 147 - PS 152)
Humanities Ref.
PS 147 .M37 1996
Masterpieces of Women's Literature
Edited by Frank N. Magill. 1st ed. New York : Harpercollins, 1996.
Humanities Ref.
PS 147 .O94 1995
The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States
Editors in chief, Cathy N. Davidson, Linda Wagner-Martin ; editors, Elizabeth Ammons ... [et al.]. New York : Oxford University Press, 1995.
Humanities Ref.
PS 147 .A4
American Women Writers : a Critical Reference Guide from Colonial Times to the Present
Edited by Lina Mainiero. New York : Ungar, c1979-

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Humanities Ref.
PS 153 .N5 G29 1999
African American Women Playwrights : a Research Guide
By Christy Gavin. New York : Garland Pub., 1999.
Humanities Ref.
PS 153 .M4X85 1985
Literatura Chicana : Creative and Critical Writings Through 1984
Compiled by Roberto G. Trujillo and Andrés Rodríguez ; with an introductory essay by Luis Leal. 1st ed. Oakland, Calif. : Floricanto Press, c1985.
Humanities Ref.
PS 153 .J4 J48 1994
Jewish American Women Writers : a Bio-bibliographical and Critical Sourcebook
Ann R. Shapiro, editor-in-chief ; Sara R. Horowitz, advisory editor for fiction, Ellen Schiff, advisory editor for drama, Miriyam Glazer, advisory editor for poetry. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1994.

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Humanities Ref.
PT 41 .F46 1997
The Feminist Encyclopedia of German Literature
Edited by Friederike Eigler and Susanne Kord. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1997.
Humanities Ref.
PG 2997 .D53 1994
Dictionary of Russian Women Writers
Edited by Marina Ledkovsky, Charlotte Rosenthal, Mary Zirin. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1994.
Humanities Ref.
PQ 4063 .F45 1997
The Feminist Encyclopedia of Italian Literature
Edited by Rinaldina Russell. Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1997.
Humanities Ref.
PQ 7081 .X1 S626 1990
Spanish American Women Writers : a Bio-bibliographical Source Book
Edited by Diane E. Marting. New York : Greenwood Press, 1990.

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Keyword Searching Searches every field in the record (brings up a lot, but not always relevant material).
Advanced Searching Allows you to customize your search to look for words in the title, subject field or elsewhere in the record.
Browse Alphabetically Searches the subject field in the record (what the book is about).

This is the best way to find what the HBLL has about an author: simply enter the author's last name, first name (for example "Frost, Robert") and you'll get a list of works on Frost:
bibliographies, biographies, criticism and interpretation, etc.
An efficient way to search the Lee Library catalog is to use a subject search. When you search by subject, you're searching book records for their contents, and not just for key words in book titles. The trick is to know how your subject is phrased in the Lee Library catalog. Some examples of recognizable subject terms:

Feminist Literature
Feminist Theory

To search by subject, select the "Browse" or "Advanced" search option(s), enter your subject, Feminism, for example in the "Search Term" box and click on "Subject"as the search category. Now browse the related headings to find other related subjects. For example: If you subject search for Feminism, then click on "related subject headings," you'll see listed the broader subject search term, Ecofeminism, Psychoanalysis and Feminism, and Anti-Feminism. Each of these related subject headings is linked to the books in the library which cover it: simply click on a subject heading to see a list of titles in the Lee Library which cover the subject.
Truncation Use the "$" to search for the variations on a root word:
"poet$" will retrieve "poets," "poetry," "poetic," "poetics," etc.
Subject Links When you're looking at a book record in the HBLL catalog, check the highlighted subject links, you may want to click on one to bring up other titles in the HBLL that deal with the same subject.
Call Number Browsing When you find a book on your subject, click on the highlighted call number in the upper LH corner of the HBLL catalog record to see what other books are near it on the shelf.

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PS 149 .L43

Amherst, MA : Department of English, University of Massachusetts, c1984- A newsletter of nineteenth-century American women authors semiannual beginning with volume 1, Spring 1984.
PQ 6055 .L48
Letras femeninas
Boulder. CO. : Asociación de Literatura Femenina Hispánica, 1975- Semiannual beginning with volume 1, Spring 1975.

You can also search the Lee Library catalog under specific subjects for journals treating Feminism, Women’s writing, etc (for more on subject searching in the Lee Library catalog, see HBLL Catalog above).
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Gender Watch (ProQuest)
This is a full-text database of publications that focus on the impact of gender across a broad spectrum of subject areas. The database provides in-depth coverage of the subjects that are uniquely central to women's lives, including family, childbirth, birth control, daycare, domestic abuse, work and the workplace, sexual harassment, aging, aging parents, body image, eating disorders and social and societal roles.

Humanities Ref.
PB 41 .X1 M6

MLA International Bibliography (ProQuest)
Modern Language Association International Bibliography (MLAIB)
Indexes articles in literature, languages, linguistics, and folklore. From 1921 in the print version. The electronic version covers from 1963, and is updated ten times per year.
Humanities Ref.
PE 51 .X1 M69

ABELL (Annual Bibliography of English Lang. & Literature)
Indexes books, scholarly articles, critical editions of literary works, book reviews, collections of essays and dissertations dealing with English language and literature published anywhere in the world. From 1920 in both print and electronic versions.

Humanities Ref.
AI 9 .I5

International Bibliography of Periodical Literature (IBZ)
Aus allen Gebieten des Wissens = International bibliography of periodical literature covering all fields of knowledge = Bibliographie internationale de la littérature périodique dans tous les domaines de la connaissance. Indexes international periodicals in all scholarly disciplines. Electronic version indexes from 1989. Updated twice a year.
Periodicals Archive Online (ProQuest)
Indexes thousands of periodicals in the humanities and social sciences, from their first issues through 1991 (1770-1991). Includes journals in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish.
Humanities Ref.
AI 3 .H85

Humanities Full Text (EBSCO)
Includes 350 journals in archaeology, area studies, art, classics, communications, dance, film, history, linguistics, literature, music, performing arts, philosophy, and religion. From 1974 in the print version. The electronic version, Humanities Abstracts, covers from 1984, and is updated monthly.
Contains 48 of the very best literature journals in full-text going back to their first issue (in some cases to the late 1800's). THe articels are retrieved in Adobe Acrobat and so appear as they did when they were originally published.
Project MUSE
Indexes the full-text of nearly 200 scholarly journals in literature, literary theory, and popular culture studies; however, in most cases only a few of the most recent years of each journal are available in the Project MUSE archives.
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Literature Resource Center (LRC)(Gale)
Provides access to biographies, bibliographies, critical analysis, and Web resources of authors from every age and literary discipline. Covers more than 90,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalists and other writers, with in-depth coverage of 2,000 of the most-studied authors. Searchable by Author Name, Title, Genre, Literary Movement or Literary Themes.

Humanities Ref.
PE 1625 .O87 1989

Oxford English Dictionary (OED) Online
2nd ed. / prepared by J.A. Simpson and E.S.C. Weiner. Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1989. The 20 volume 2nd ed. OED includes 320,000 entries of English words; 580,000 cross-references; and 2.4 million quotations.

Book Review Digest
Gen Ref
Z 1219 .C96

Indexes book reviews of popular English-language fiction and non-fiction from the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. From 1905 in the print version. The electronic version covers from 1983, and is updated monthly.

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Catalogs of Other Libraries The HBLL home page provides access to the online catalogs of other libraries: academic and public libraries in Utah, and across the USA (including the Library of Congress). The library home page also connects you to RLIN (the Research Library Information Network) and OCLC (Worldcat), the two largest databases of records from major research libraries in the country. It also links to catalogs of libraries in Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Canada, Mexico and South America, Europe, and the UK.

Interlibrary Loan
3421 HBLL

Books or journals not held by the Lee Library may be obtained from other libraries, through the Interlibrary Loan office. Books are sent free of charge and can be kept for 2 weeks. Journal articles are photocopied and sent for a charge of 10 cents per page.

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The Celebration of Women Writers at http://www.cs.cmu.edu/afs/cs/user/mmbt/www/women/writers.html
recognizes the contributions of women writers throughout history.

Victorian Women Writers Project at http://www.indiana.edu/~letrs/vwwp/ includes transcriptions of works by British women writers of the 19th century: including anthologies, novels, political pamphlets, religious tracts, children's books, and volumes of poetry and verse drama.

Access directly through the URL, or via the link under Selected Web Sites on the English & American Literature subject menu.

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