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English Literature: Novels, Poems & Other Primary Texts

Resources for the study of Literature in English

Find Novels, Poems & Other Primary Texts

Are you looking for a primary text in English, such as a novel, poem, short story or play?  The library catalog is a great place to start looking for works by individual authors, works in a particular genre or works that focus on a particular topic. 

Novels in the Stacks

If you're looking for a novel to read for class or for pleasure, the library has a large collection of both literature and popular reading.  Below is a sample of some of the many books in the library's collection that you might find interesting.

Free E-Books!

Are you looking for an e-book that we don't have or for a free downloadable ebook version of your favorite title?  Try looking for it at one of these free e-book sites. Have fun exploring!

What Do You Want to Read?

Below is a quick guide to finding a novel, poem, short story or play by author and title in the library catalog. Remember, this is just a quick guide, so if you can't find what you're looking for, please ask a librarian for help!

Finding an Author's Work

To find a book by a particular author, use the dropdown arrow in the catalog search box to select Author.  Then type the name of the author, last name first, into the search box and click search.


On the next page, you'll see a list of the author's works in alphabetical order. Scroll down to find the book you want.

Finding a Work by Title

To find a particular title, use the dropdown arrow in the catalog search box to select Title.  Then type the title of the book you want into the search box and click search. Keep in mind that the library may have multiple books with the same title or more than one copy of the same book.  So if you want Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton, use the information in the catalog to find the right book!