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Literary research guide : an annotated listing of reference sources in English literary studies /
James L. Harner.
edition
5th ed.
imprint
New York : Modern Language Association of America, 2008.
description
xviii, 826 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0873528085 (pbk. : alk. paper), 9780873528085 (pbk. : alk. paper)
format(s)
Book
Holdings
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imprint
New York : Modern Language Association of America, 2008.
isbn
0873528085 (pbk. : alk. paper)
9780873528085 (pbk. : alk. paper)
contents note
Research methods -- Guides to reference works -- Literary handbooks, dictionaries, and encyclopedias -- Bibliographies of bibliographies -- Libraries and library catalogs -- Guides to manuscripts and archives -- Serial bibliographies, indexes, and abstracts -- Guides to dissertations and theses -- Internet resources -- Biographical sources -- Periodicals -- Genres -- English literature -- Irish literature -- Scottish literature -- Welsh literature -- American literature -- Other literatures in english -- Foreign-language literatures -- Comparative literature -- Literature-related topics and sources.
general note
Previous ed.: 2002.
catalogue key
6397453
 
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1999-01-01:
Bracken's single-volume, better printed and designed second edition abandons the content of the first edition's "English and American Literature" (v.1, CH, Sep'90) and more than doubles its "English and American Writers" (v.2, CH, Jul'92), while retaining the original, now misleading, collective title. Enlarged front matter discusses principles of compilation and inclusion; defines "reference work" expansively to include all manner of publications that can be used bibliographically (periodicals, encyclopedias, dealers' catalogs, etc.); offers helpful information about the volume's relation to other sources, particularly serial bibliographies; and adds a list of frequently cited collective works. The roster of some 1,500 authors derives from Oxford's English and American literature companions, with support from standard bibliographies. From recent, almost exclusively English-language bibliographies of primary and secondary sources, Bracken selects the "most important and useful," subsuming similar and related works in annotations. Longer files for authors subdivide by type of reference source, while authors without dedicated titles are helpfully located in such standard collective works as NCBEL. A new indexing scheme augments the first edition's author/title index of main entries with titles of works appearing in annotations and, superfluously, citations to references in collective works. Three additional indexes offer access to authors by birth date, nationality, and subject, the last two plagued by inconsistencies in headings and author categories. The curricular importance of contemporary writers and of Anglophone writers not from the UK or US might have led Bracken in his introduction to offer advice on authors not yet Oxford-companioned by discussing such collections as "Dictionary of Literary Biography," Bibliographic Index, or Contemporary Authors. will keep the volume up to date. Like Bracken, Harner covers electronic as well as printed sources and, while citing the large Internet directories of Alan Liu, Jack Lynch, and others, agrees with Bracken that the Web where free is currently inadequate as a substitute for the reference room's publications. Harner's bracingly evaluative, sometimes provocative judgments are generally more critical in matters of content and editing than Bracken's, and more inclined to enumerate a work's deficiencies or urge its emendation. The sections on non-US and British literatures are highly selective, and students might have benefited from inclusion of more biographical/critical encyclopedias for access to world authors. Harner makes a point of selectivity; to criticize it for works omitted may simply be to say that other compilers might have made other choices. With Bracken covering sources on individual authors and Harner everything else, these two new editions are complementary, together constituting the core of a US/UK literature bibliography collection now that Michael Marcuse's A Reference Guide for English Studies is dated. Most welcome in both are the well-written, extraordinarily detailed annotations, which describe the scope, organization, history, and features of titles, relate them to other publications, and comment on their utility. Such lengthy, compare-and-contrast annotations may annoy sound-bite point-and-clickers but are a boon to researchers embarking on projects requiring bibliographic thoroughness and to librarians engaged in building and assessing collections. Students, scholars, and librarians whose research problem or ambition prompts a desire to be instructed will be grateful for these volumes. R. H. Kieft Haverford College
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Summaries
Main Description
James L. Harner's Literary Research Guide, which Choice calls "the standard guide in the field," evaluates important reference materials in English studies. Since the publication of the first edition in 1989, tens of thousands of students and educators have used the Guide as an aid to scholarly research. In the new edition Harner has added entries describing resources published since May 2001 and has revised nearly half the entries from the fourth edition. The fifth edition contains more than 1,000 entries, which discuss an additional 1,555 books, articles, and electronic resources and cite 723 reviews. Readers of earlier editions will notice the inclusion of substantially more electronic resources, particularly reliable sites sponsored by academic institutions and learned societies, to account for the proliferation of bibliographic databases, text archives, and other online resources. This edition also features a new section on cultural studies.
Main Description
James L. Harner's Literary Research Guide, which Choice calls "the standard guide in the field," evaluates important reference materials in English studies. Since the publication of the first edition in 1989, tens of thousands of students and educators have used the Guide as an aid to scholarly research.In the new edition Harner has added entries describing resources published since May 2001 and has revised nearly half the entries from the fourth edition. The fifth edition contains more than 1,000 entries, which discuss an additional 1,555 books, articles, and electronic resources and cite 723 reviews. Readers of earlier editions will notice the inclusion of substantially more electronic resources, particularly reliable sites sponsored by academic institutions and learned societies, to account for the proliferation of bibliographic databases, text archives, and other online resources. This edition also features a new section on cultural studies.
Table of Contents
Research Methodsp. 1
Guides to Reference Worksp. 4
Literary Handbooks, Dictionaries, and Encyclopediasp. 9
Bibliographies of Bibliographiesp. 14
Libraries and Library Catalogsp. 19
Guides to Manuscripts and Archivesp. 33
Serial Bibliographies, Indexes, and Abstractsp. 42
Guides to Dissertations and Thesesp. 67
Internet Resourcesp. 76
Biographical Sourcesp. 85
Periodicalsp. 96
Genresp. 109
English Literaturep. 153
Irish Literaturep. 349
Scottish Literaturep. 364
Welsh Literaturep. 373
American Literaturep. 379
Other Literatures in Englishp. 521
Foreign-Language Literaturesp. 581
Comparative Literaturep. 591
Literature-Related Topics and Sourcesp. 595
Index of Namesp. 759
Index of Titlesp. 779
Subject Indexp. 815
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