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ENGL 251: British Romantic Literature: Home


If Kenyon doesn't have a copy of the book or article you need, you can request it from another CONSORT library or OhioLINK. You can also use WorldCat to search libraries worldwide and make an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request.

For information on ILL, and to login to your account (or create an account), go here


Use RefWorks to save all the book, article, etc... citation information for your papers. You can even create folders for each assignment. Most LBIS research resources will export the citation information into RefWords for you. Ask a librarian for more information.

Reference Desk Hours

Spring Semester Schedule

Mondays - Thursday: 10:00am-12:00pm, 1:00pm-5:00pm, and 6:00pm-12:00am
Fridays: 10:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-3:00pm
Saturdays: 1:00pm-5:00pm
Sundays: 1:00pm-5:00pm and 6:00pm-12:00am 


Methods for Finding Books

Use CONSORT, the shared catalog of Kenyon, Denison, Ohio Wesleyan, and Wooster, to find relevant books.

An author search will locate books, poems, plays, etc. by a particular author: wordsworth, william

A title search will locate a specific work by an author: Frankenstein

Keyword searches:

  • Find works (such as poems or stories) that appear in collections or anthologies 
    • Bright Star and Keats
    • Tintern Abbey
  • Find literary criticism about a particular work 
    • Adonais and Shelley
  • Find criticism related to themes, ideas, and topics in an author's works: 
    • Wordsworth and nature

When searching for literary criticism, consider using subject headings for more precise results. If a keyword search leads to a book that seems promising, click on the subject heading links at the bottom of the record to see similar items. You can also select "subject heading" in the "search by" box and try the following:

  • Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797 1851 -- Criticism And Interpretation
  • English poetry -- 18th century -- history and criticism
  • Nature in literature

You can also search the OhioLINK catalog, which contains the holdings of college and university libraries in Ohio.

Methods for Finding Journal Articles

The CONSORT and OhioLINK catalogs do not contain information about individual articles published in journals. However, if you have a citation to a journal article--the author's name, the title of the article, the title of the journal, and the date or volume/issue number--you can search by journal title in CONSORT to determine if the library has the journal in print, electronically, or in microfilm.

To search for articles on your topic, use an index or database. In many cases, you can get the full text of the article by following a link from the database. If you're searching in an index without links to full-text articles, you'll need to search by journal title in CONSORT as described above.

The search process will vary for each resource, but here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Come up with good keywords. 
    • Consider synonyms, alternate spellings, and other ways to approach your topic. 
  • Look for subject headings. 
    • Most databases will include their own subject headings. When you find a relevant article, click on a subject heading, or refine your search to include both a subject heading and keywords, to find similar articles. 
  • Set reasonable limits. 
    • Some databases will let you limit your search--examples of limits include choosing to search just peer-reviewed (scholarly) journals, or just book reviews, or just articles published in English. Sometimes limits are helpful; if you don't want book reviews or articles written in a language you don't read, it doesn't hurt to limit your search accordingly. But be careful not to impose too many limits, especially if you're just beginning your research--extremely narrow searches will rarely lead you to "the perfect article." 
  • Use bibliographies. 
    • If you do happen to find the perfect article (or a great essay in a reference work, or a relevant book on your topic), check out the bibliography, and then search for some of the listed sources.

Subject Guide

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