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EN 104 - Americans Living Abroad


This is a guide to selected sources of information related to "Americans Living Abroad" 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

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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.

New Dictionary of the History of Ideas
     Ref CB9 .N49 (print version)

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 Writers: A Collection of Literary Biographies (13 volumes)
     Ref PS129 .A55 (Bowles, Hemingway, James)

American Writers in Paris, 1920-1939
     Ref PS129 .A57 (Hemingway and contemporaries)

Critical Survey of Long Fiction (8 volumes)
     Ref PN3451 .C7 (Bowles, Hemingway, James, Theroux)

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

Twentieth-Century American Literature (8 volumes)
     Ref PS221.T843 (Bowles, Hemingway, Theroux)

American History and Culture

Encyclopedia of American Economic History (3 volumes)
     Ref HC103 .E52

Encyclopedia of American Social History (3 volumes)
     Ref HN57 .E58

Encyclopedia of the United States in the Nineteenth Century (3 volumes)
     Ref E169.1 .E626

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

World History and Culture

Cambridge Encyclopedia of Latin America and the Caribbean
     Ref F1406 .C36

Cambridge Encyclopedia of the Middle East and North Africa
     Ref DS44 .C37

Encyclopedia of African History (3 volumes)
     Ref DT20 .E53

Encyclopedia of Eastern Europe
     Ref DJK6 .E53

Encyclopedia of European Social History (6 volumes)
     Ref HN373 .E63

Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture
     Ref F1406 .E53

Historical Dictionary of the Third French Republic, 1870-1940
     Ref DC337 .H57


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Finding Books/Secondary Sources

Subject headings Suggestions to use in searching the Catalog:

  • Africa, North - Politics and government
  • Algeria - History - 1945-1962
  • Americans - France - Paris - History - 20th century
  • Central America - Social conditions
  • Europe, Eastern - History - 1989-
  • Paris (France) - Intellectual life - 20th century
  • Post-communism - Europe, Eastern
  • Travel in literature
  • World War, 1914-1918 - Influence

Some sample keyword searches to use in the Catalog:

  • Expatriat* AND (France or French or Italy or Paris)
  • Women AND (19th century or 1800s) AND (United States or America*) AND history
  • Existential* AND (Sartre or Camus)
  • Alienation and psycholog*
  • Environmentalis* AND (United States or America*)
  • (Hungar* or Budapest) AND (communis* or Cold War)

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: 

Café Europa: Life After Communism
     HN380.7.A8 D73

Going Abroad: European Travel in Nineteenth-Century American Culture
     PS366.T73 S76

The Idea of Wilderness: From Prehistory to the Age of Ecology

Imagining Paris: Exile, Writing, and American Identity
     PS144.P37 K46

The Modern Woman Revisited: Paris Between the Wars
     DC715 .M557

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

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.

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)

Historical Abstracts
This index provides abstracts to key history journals from around the globe, covering world history from 1450 to the present (excluding North America, which is covered in America: History & Life - see above). (1954 - current)

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

Making of America - Cornell University
Making of America - University of Michigan
These digital libraries provide scanned images of the actual pages from primary sources in American social history, with a focus on the mid-1800s. Collectively, these sites provide access to thousands of digitized books and journal articles, which may be relevant to the time period of the novel "Daisy Miller."

New York Times
This database enables you to search the full archive of the New York Times from 2003 back through the first issue in 1851. Newspaper articles from a particular time period can offer a contemporaneous perspective on culture and historical events.

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

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.


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Selected Websites

Voice of the Shuttle: History Resources
This website has a long history as an electronic gateway for humanities researchers, including an enormous listing of online history resources organized by country and time period. Check out the websites listed for the country you are researching.


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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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