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English: Books

This guide is intended to help students locate information on English Literature, including books, periodical articles, and websites.

OneSearch Books


 

 

Use OneSearch to search across all library resources.  Narrow your results to books by using the options in the "Refine my Results" bar on the left.

In the "Availability" section, select "Available in Print."  Your results will now show only print books available at both the Main Campus and East Campus libraries.

Advanced Search Tips

The Ventura College Library has a vast selection of literature, literary criticism and biographies in the circulating book collection.

The Reference collection contains encyclopedias, bibliographies, biographical sources, plot summaries, and various non-circulating recourses that offer specific information, definitions, shorter explanations, historical and biographical sketches.

  • Brainstorm 2-4 key terms that sum up your topic to use as your search terms
  • Use quotes around names or phrases... "Albert Einstein" or "Oil Pipelines"
  • Use AND to search for multiple concepts together... "endangered species" AND protection
  • Use OR to search for alternate or related terms... "global warming" OR "climate change"
  • Use the "Subjects" links found in each book record to find related books 
  • Ask a Librarian for assistance!

Here are some examples of search strategies:

  • African American poetry
  • 20th century Literature
  • Women authors
  • Mexican American literature

Notable Theory Sources

Notable Biographical Information

Notable Criticism

English Language Dictionaries

English Literature Encyclopedias

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