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ENG 334: Victorian Age

Fall 2011
This guide will point you toward some useful reference works and databases for your research. It's just a starting point; don't hesitate to stop by the reference desk for individualized assistance.

Professor: So Park
Librarian: Anna Hulseberg

Table of Contents:

Useful Reference Books for Background and Context
Below is just a sampling of reference books with information on 19th century literature, culture, and history.
  • Atlas of British History
    New York: Oxford University Press
    • Location(s): Ref G1811.S1 G5 1993
  • Columbia Companion to British History
    New York: Columbia University Press
    • Location(s): Ref DA34 .H64 1997
  • Encyclopedia of Britain
    Oxford: Helicon
    • Location(s): Ref DA27.5 .E53 1999
  • Encyclopedia of European Social History from 1350 to 2000
    New York: Scribner 2001
    6 vols. Offers substantial, well-documented survey essays on topics such as social change, urban and rural life, gender, popular culture, religion, and everyday life.
    • Location(s): Ref HN373 .E63 2001
  • Fashion: Critical and Primary Sources
    Oxford: Berg 2009
    Critical essays on fashion cover four time periods: Late Medieval to Renaissance, Eighteenth Century, Nineteenth Century, and Twentieth Century to today.
    • Location(s): Ref GT 580 .F374 2009 (v. 1-4)
  • International Historical Statistics: Europe
    London : Macmillan Reference ; New York : Stockton Press 2007 4th ed. edition
    Comparative historical statistics for Europe.
    • Location(s): Ref HA 1107 .M55 2007
  • Oxford Companion to British History
    • Location(s): Ref DA34 .O93 1997
  • Stanford Companion to Victorian Fiction
    Stanford: Stanford University Press
    • Location(s): Ref PR871 .S87 1989
  • Victorian Britain: An Encyclopedia
    • Location(s): Ref DA550 .V53 1988
  • And don’t forget to consult books in the General Collection as well. Here’s a good example: Mitchell, Sally. Daily Life In Victorian England. 2nd edition. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2009.
Finding Books
  • MnPALS Plus
    The online catalog to the library at Gustavus Adolphus College. Choose "All Libraries" in the search options to search other MnPALS libraries (such as Minnesota State schools) and request books through Interlibrary Loan. View our MnPALS Plus tutorial.
  • WorldCat
    Includes over 40 million bibliographic records representing cataloged resources in 400 languages owned by libraries around the world. Materials date back to the 11th century. Owning libraries can be identified for books, journals, archival resources and electronic resources. Access to WorldCat is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM); the database can also be searched through its free web interface, at
    1000 CE-present; updated daily
Finding Articles
  • MLA International Bibliography
    The major research resource for information on English literature, foreign languages and linguistics. Includes references to scholarly articles, books, book chapters, book reviews, and dissertations; coverage dates back to the 1920's.
    1923-present; updated 9 times yearly
    Full-text backfiles to over 350 scholarly journals from more than 25 academic disciplines published between the 19th and 21st centuries in the JSTOR Arts & Sciences I, Arts & Sciences II, and Language & Literature collections. JSTOR provides complete journal backruns from the date of initial publication up to a "moving wall" of 3 to 5 years before the present year. To limit your search to full text articles, make sure that the option to "include links to external content" is turned off.
    1831-recent years
  • Project MUSE
    Project MUSE provides full text electronic access to over 100 scholarly journals in humanities, the social sciences, and mathematics. Topics covered include literary theory; classics; history and cultural studies; philosophy; film, theatre and the performing arts; political science and mathematics.
Journals of Interest
  • Comparative Literature
    Up to 12 months ago available in full text from JSTOR and Academic Search Premier. Most recent issues available through Interlibrary Loan.
  • English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920
  • Journal of Victorian Culture
    Up to 12 months ago available in full text from Academic Search Premier. Most recent issues available through Interlibrary Loan.
  • Nineteenth-Century Contexts
    Up to 12 months ago available in full text from Academic Search Premier. Most recent issues available through Interlibrary Loan.
  • Publications of the Modern Language Association
  • Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900
    Available in full text from Project Muse.
  • Victorian Literature and Culture
  • Victorian Studies
    Available in full text from Academic Search Premier and Project Muse.
Web Sites of Interest
  • Google Scholar
    This search engine points toward scholarly research rather than all Web-based sources. It is stronger in the sciences than in the humanities, with social sciences somewhere in between. One interesting feature of Google Scholar is that in includes a link to sources that cite a particular item. If you are using Google Scholar on campus, you will find articles available through the library's subscription databases linked. To view these links when searching off campus, use our Google Scholar Off Campus Link. Not all of the articles in Google Scholar are free; the library can obtain many of them for you through interlibrary loan.
  • British Newspapers, 1800-1900
    Select the "Display only free content" box to view free complete articles from Penny Illustrated Paper (1861-1913) and The Graphic (1870-1900), both published in London.
  • Internet Archive
    A non-profit vast compilation of books, films, and other materials in the public domain or without all rights reserved freely available for use. Included is the "Wayback Machine," a searchable archive of webpages from the past.
  • Victoria Research Web
    Provides links to research resources--from archives for locating manuscript materials, to journals in the field, to discussion groups and blogs, to major web sites for Victorian studies.

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