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EN 104 - Stonewalls and Bananafish: New Hampshire Writers


This is a guide to selected sources of information related to "New Hampshire Writers" in the Geisel Library. It is meant as a starting point for your research. For further research assistance, please take advantage of the reference services available to you in the Geisel Library. Stop by the Reference Desk in person or online at Ask a Librarian.


Research Basics

The reference librarians have created a group of Web pages named Research Help to help teach you the basics of library research and to introduce you to Geisel Library. On the Research Help pages, you will find a guide on Research Basics and a helpful guide on evaluating Web resources titled, our guide on Evaluating Websites. Please take advantage of these resources.


Reference Sources for Background Information

Reference books are shelved by Library of Congress call number in the reference stacks near the reference desk. They may not be checked out, but photocopiers are available on the lower level of the Library. Online reference sources can be found in the library catalog, or listed on Reference E-Resources.

Oxford Reference Online
Contains electronic versions of commonly used Oxford dictionaries, encyclopedias and subject reference works.

Literary Terminology

Dictionary of Literary Terms (Shaw)
     Ref PN44.5 .S46

Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory (Cuddon)
     Ref PN41 .C83

Glossary of Contemporary Literary Theory
     Ref PN44.5 .H37 1998

Symbol, Myth, Allusion, and Literary Themes

Dictionary of Literary Themes and Motifs (2 volumes)
     Ref PN43 .D48

Symbolism: A Comprehensive Dictionary
     Ref CB475 .O38 1986

Biographical Sources and Literary Criticism

Literature Resource Center
This database combines three literary databases for biographical information, bibliographic listings of authors' works, plot summaries, and literary criticism for 90,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalists and other writers. This resource also provides the full text of articles from more than 100 literary journals and has links to author's official web sites. Literature Resource Center includes the following databases:

       Contemporary Authors
       A bio-bibliographical guide to over 120,000 current authors.

       Contemporary Literary Criticism Select
       Critical essays on contemporary authors.

       Dictionary of Literary Biography
       Bio-critical essays on 7,000 authors.

       Twentieth Century Literary Criticism
       Includes authors who died between 1900 and 1959.

Encyclopaedia Britannica
Online version of the Britannica - excellent for author and subject background information and keywords.

American Poets Since World War II
     Ref PS323.5 .A5

American Writers: A Collection of Literary Biographies (13 volumes)
     Ref PS129 .A55

Contemporary American Women Poets: An A-Z Guide
     Ref PS151 .C665

Critical Survey of Poetry (8 volumes)
     Ref PR502 .C85

Encyclopedia of American Poetry: The Twentieth Century
     Ref PS323.5 .E63

Encyclopedia of the Novel
     Ref PN41 .E487, 2 volumes

Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature (4 volumes)
     Ref PS21 .E537

Twentieth-Century American Literature (8 volumes)
     Ref PS221.T843

Regional History and Culture

The Encyclopedia of New England
     Ref F2 .E43

The Encyclopedia of New England: the Culture and History of an American Region
     Ref F4 .E53

The Encyclopedia of New Hampshire
     Ref F32 .E52

Encyclopedia of New Hampshire Indians
     Ref E78.N54 E48

Encyclopedia of the United States in the Twentieth Century (5 volumes)
     Ref E740.7 .E53

New England in Fiction: An Annotated Bibliography
     Ref PS243 .S57

Women and Children of the Mills: An Annotated Guide to Nineteenth-Century American Textile Factory Literature
     Ref PS217 .W64
Many of the works listed here are available on the Lower Level on microfilm in our Wright American Fiction collection. Ask a librarian how to locate individual stories of interest.


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Finding Books/Secondary Sources

Subject headings Suggestions to use in searching the Catalog:

  • American literature - New England - history and criticism
  • American literature - New Hampshire
  • New England - in literature
  • New Hampshire - history
  • New Hampshire - politics and government
  • New Hampshire - social life and customs
  • Primaries - New Hampshire
  • Landscape in literature
  • Nature in literature

Some sample keyword searches to use in the Catalog:

  • (Farm OR rural) AND literature
  • Regional AND identity AND America*
  • America* AND landscape AND litera*
  • (Town OR city) AND history AND "New Hampshire"
  • Mill* AND textile* AND histor*

Use the *(asterisk) as a truncation symbol to retrieve variant forms of a word root. Use the Boolean OR to expand your search by including synonyms and related terms. When using two different Boolean commands in the same search statement ("and" and "or" in the preceding examples) you must include parentheses to indicate which command is to be performed first.

Some General Collection books found using Subject and Keyword searches in the catalog:

Amoskeag: Life and Work in an American Factory City
     HD9859 .A56 H37

Imagining New England: Explorations of Regional Identity
     F4 .C76

New England Town in Fact and Fiction
     PS243 .W43

New Hampshire Literature: A Sampler
     PS548 .N4 N48

The Place Within: Portraits of the American Landscape
     PS509 .L3 P53

Robert Frost and New England: The Poet as Regionalist
     PS3511 .R94 Z758

While searching the catalog, you may come across books that are located in the "New England Collection," which is housed in the Hanlon-Poisson Room on the Upper Level. This collection includes rare old volumes such as histories of New England towns and original writings of 19th-century New England residents. Ask a librarian at the Circulation Desk to grant you access to this room and unlock the book cases. These materials must be used within the library.

If you want to find additional materials beyond the Geisel Library collection, search libraries worldwide using WorldCat. You can search the same Subject Headings and keywords that you utilized in our catalog.


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Find Journal Articles

Literature Resource Center
Find biographical information on authors, as well as bibliographies, plot summaries, and literary criticism of their works. This resource also provides the full text of articles from more than 100 literary journals.

MLA International Bibliography
Produced by the Modern Language Association of America, this electronic index consists of bibliographic records pertaining to literature, language, linguistics, and folklore. (1963–present)    Journal List (PDF/63KB)

Academic Search Premier
Gain access to full-text as well as indexing and abstracting for a wide range of journal titles covering business, social sciences, humanities, general science, and education.

Project MUSE
"Project MUSE provides online, worldwide, institutional subscription access to the full text of more than 200 scholarly journals in arts and humanities, social sciences, and mathematics."    Journal List

America: History and Life
Provides abstracts to journal articles, book/media reviews, and dissertations with a focus on United States and Canadian history and culture from prehistoric times to the present. (1964 - present)    Journal List (PDF/59KB)

Early American Newspapers, 1690-1876
This text-searchable database has cover-to-cover reproductions of hundreds of historic American newspapers, including 37 from New Hampshire.

Geisel Library subscribes to two JSTOR collections: Arts & Sciences I and II. These are large collections of the full text of back issues of major journals in the humanities and social sciences. Coverage is generally from the beginning of publication to within 5 years of the current issue.   Journal list for:   Arts & Sciences I     Arts & Sciences II

This sociology database provides full-text articles from journals, books, monographs, and conference papers. Coverage is of all subdisciplines of sociology, including criminal justice, ethnic and racial studies, gender studies, social psychology, urban studies, and more.

Union Leader
Full-text articles published in the Union Leader from 1989 to present (Lexis-Nexis). Within 3 days of publication; Saturday and Sunday editions usually within 72-96 hours after publication.


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Selected Websites

American Transcendentalism Web (Virginia Commonwealth)
This site provides an excellent overview of transcendentalism and literature, including the writers who worked within this movement, the themes and ideas they explored, and literary criticism of their works.

Books About New Hampshire (NH State Library)
A bibliography of books about the state, organized by a Table of Contents into categories such as History, Legends and Folklore, Personal Views, and Politics and Government. Some of these will be in our collection, while others would need to be requested via Interlibrary Loan using the form available on the front page of the Geisel Library website.

Modern American Poetry (Univ. of Illinois)
This academic, collaboratively-developed website provides analysis and commentary on over 150 poets and their works, including Robert Frost and Maxine Kumin. Some of the analyses are unique to the website, but most were originally published in scholarly journals or books.


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Citing Sources

See the library's Citing Sources guide for resources on how to properly cite research materials. Always confirm the style required by your instructor.


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