To find information about your author and or work of literature, begin with a reference work. Reference books and databases are great starting points for research because they give basic facts (date and place of birth, a bibliography of the author's works, etc.), overviews of topics and themes, and important contextual details. The following should give you an introduction to your subject's life and suggest avenues for further research.
Contemporary Authors (Bound Periodicals, on first floor of library))
Dictionary of Literary Biography (available in print and online) series provides biographical and critical essays on the lives, works, and careers of the world's most influential literary figures from all eras and genres. Print volumes in the DLB series are shelved in the reference collection. If your author appears in one of these volumes, search by title in CONSORT for "dictionary of literary biography v" followed by the volume number given in the citation. Click here to see the list of volumes available.
Literary Reference Center (online) is a comprehensive database that provides information on thousands of authors and their works. LRC includes plot summaries, articles of literary criticism, full text of literary journals, author biographies, book reviews, author interviews, and images of key literary figures.
Literary Encyclopedia (online) is a global literary reference work written by over 1500 specialists from universities around the world that provides over 6000 authoritative profiles of authors, works and literary and historical topics.
Encyclopedia of Post-Colonial Literatures in English (2 volumes, REF PR9080 .A52 E53 1994)
Fifty Caribbean Writers: A Bio-bibliographical Critical Sourcebook (REF PR9205 .A52 F54 1986)
Encyclopedia of Latin American and Caribbean Literature 1900-2003 (REF PQ7081 .A1 E558 2004)
Twentieth-Century Caribbean and Black African Writers (from the Dictionary of Literary Biography series, 3 volumes, REF PR9205 .A52 T893)
South Asian Writers in English (from the Dictionary of Literary Biography series, REF PR9570 .S642 S68 2006)
Interlibrary Loan (or ILL) is a cooperative process by which library materials are made available by one institution to another institution and its patrons. Upon request, Kenyon’s ILL staff makes every attempt to locate and obtain resources not owned by Kenyon, another CONSORT library, or OhioLINK library. Items may include books, journal and newspaper articles, dissertations, microfilmed materials, and other circulating documents.
Before submitting a request to ILL, it is important to search CONSORT and OhioLINK to make sure that books are not owned by Kenyon or another CONSORT library, or by OhioLINK, and that Journals are not owned by Kenyon. To make an Interlibrary Loan request, simply register to use ILLiad (you need register only once), and then access the ILLiad Login Page to access the ILLiad request forms. One request form must be completed for each item requested, providing as much information as possible. (It may not be possible to process incomplete requests.) Citations provided should be complete and accurate in order to avoid delays in processing.
Use the library catalogs to find books, journal titles, videos and more.
You cannot use the catalogs to find journal articles.
Use databases to find journal articles, book recommendations, and other materials related to your research topic. Many of our databases will provide a link (either directly within the database or the "Find It" button) to a full-text copy of a journal article.
Spring Semester Schedule
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You can contact the librarians who staff the Reference Desk in several ways.