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ENGL 270: Topics in Women's Literature

Finding Books

The UBC Library catalogue is a good place to start looking for books on your topic. To enhance and improve your search results, use truncation (?) in your keyword searches and try searching the subject headings assigned to books on your topic. Before you begin searching, consider your topic and write down the key concepts. What are the keywords that describe your subject? Think of related words, synonyms, and different spellings.

Browsing Subjects

Browse the results list of your keyword search and look at the full records to see the subject headings assigned for relevant titles. Note that the results are sorted by relevance. You can change the results to sort by date, author, or title. Click on the subject headings to find more books on your topic.  

For example, for the authors, titles, and subjects you are focusing on for this class: 

  • English fiction--19th century--History and criticism
  • Gothic fiction (Literary genre), English--History and criticism
  • English fiction--19th century--History and criticism
  • Brontèˆ, Charlotte, 1816-1855. Jane Eyre. 
  • Governesses in literature. 
  • Women teachers in literature. 
  • Brontèˆ, Charlotte, 1816-1855--Literary style. 
  • Gilman, Charlotte Perkins, 1860-1935. 
  • Gilman, Charlotte Perkins, 1860-1935. Yellow wallpaper.
  • Oates, Joyce Carol, 1938---Criticism and interpretation. 
  • Jackson, Shirley, 1916-1965--Criticism and interpretation. 
  • Horror tales, American--History and criticism. 
  • Gothic revival (Literature)--United States. 

 After you find a relevant book on your topic, you can also browse the catalogue by the Library of Congress call numbers to find more titles.