Literature Research Guide

Articles and databases

Find articles on literature

Highly recommended:

Literature Resource Center provides access to biographies, bibliographies and critical analysis of authors from a variety of ages and literary disciplines.

MLA Bibliography comprehensive index to worldwide literature


Latino Literature Includes fiction, poetry and plays representing Chicano culture and the various ethnicities of Latin American writers working in the United States.

Project Muse - arts, humanities, and social sciences

Others to consider:

Academic Search Premier (Ebsco) Interdisciplinary index to 3000 journals, with full text of 1830 of them

Academic OneFile - interdisciplinary coverage of journals, many with full text available

OneSearch - Articles

Books and background reading

Books in the CSUMB Library

OneSearch lists books and videos in the CSUMB Library's collection.

Reference Books in the CSUMB Library

Below is a list of selected Reference Books which provide introductory and background information on topics related to literature:

American Writers,. 4 vol. + suppl. REF PS129.A55

British Writers, 7 vol. + suppl. REF PR85.B688

Contemporary Literary Criticism, 98 vol. REF PN771.C59

Critical Survey of Long Fiction, 8 vol. REF PN3451.C75 2000

Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century, REF PN771.E5 1999

Latin American Writers, REF PQ7081.A1L37

Books at other libraries


OneSearch to search library catalogs of the 23 California State University campuses. Do a search and then click "Search Beyond CSUMB Library" on the left

Also consider:

MOBAC Monterey Bay Regional Library Catalogs to search library catalogs in the Monterey Bay region

Melvyl to search library catalogs of the University of California

WorldCat to search library catalogs from around the world.

CSUMB students, faculty and staff may use the ILLiad Interlibrary Loan Request Form to borrow books found using the catalogs above.

Looking for a good book to read?

The CSUMB Library's Recreational Reading page makes it easy to browse for a good book to read during your study breaks.

Whether you prefer adventure, romance, humor, or fantasy, you're sure to find something to enjoy.


Websites for literature and related fields

Academy of American Poets

A Celebration of Women Writers

Children's Literature Web Guide

Invitation to World Literature Multimedia series from the Annenberg Foundation featuring 13 key literary works

Literary Resources on the Net

Luminarium collection of links to Medieval, Renaissance, and 17th Century literature

Online Literary Criticism Collection from the Internet Public Library

Literary Criticism Pathfinder

Online Literary Criticism Guide

PAL: Perspectives in American Literature: A Research and Reference Guide

Poets & Writers Online

Project CROW (Course Resources On the Web) A directory of American literature Web resources

The Voice of the Shuttle English Literature Page

Voices from the Gaps: Women Writers of Color

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