Roberta Tipton
December 3, 2009
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Library Resources

Rutgers University Libraries []

This web site gives access to all the print and electronic holdings purchased by the Rutgers University Libraries, plus resource lists and pathfinders constructed by information professionals across the system. You need to obtain a BARCODE
RU Connection Card
and a PIN number from a circulation desk in order to borrow or request any materials from the Rutgers system.

Connect from Off-Campus []

Click on this link on the Rutgers University Libraries homepage to find out how to reach our resources from your home using your NetID.

Becoming an 'Expert' User

Want to maximize your use of Library resources? Check out Rutgers RIOT, the Libraries' interactive tutorial.

Find Books



The online catalog of the Rutgers University Libraries, IRIS (Integrated Rutgers Information System), gives students and faculty ready access to over 3 million print volumes in 22 Rutgers collections, plus multimedia and many full-text electronic journals. You may limit searches to DANA. Use the DELIVER/RECALL BOOK button to intralibrary loan books or use the REQUEST ARTICLE/OTHER to obtain articles and non-circulating books from other Rutgers libraries.

Here are some sample searches:
Webster and Malfi -- WORDS anywhere (This is a keyword search that finesses the variant spellings of "duchess" by avoiding them entirely.)

Jonson Ben -- AUTHOR (last name first) (This finds books--and various editions of plays in book form--by the author.)

Marlowe Christopher and criticism -- SUBJECT keywordDiscovers criticism about the works of Marlowe.

Early Theatre -- PERIODICAL TITLE begins with

WorldCat (OCLC)

Also found under SEARCH IRIS AND OTHER CATALOGS as an "other catalog", the Rutgers-restricted version of WorldCat is the largest library catalog in the world. Over 100 million entries from all over the world. Also available in a free Internet version with slightly different interface.

British Library Integrated Catalogue

The British Library Integrated Catalogue includes "over 13 million items in the British Library's collections."--from the website

Rutgers Indexes and Databases

Click on FIND ARTICLES, then click on Indexes and Databases.

Literature Resource Center (Gale)
The Literature Resource Center contains full text articles about authors and literary classics from many countries plus Web links to even more information. You may search by author, title, or genre (type of literature). Contains parts of many Gale series on literature, including Contemporary Authors and Dictionary of Literary Biography

Academic Search Premier (EBSCOhost)
This multidisciplinary database indexes periodicals in many different fields and on many different levels, from general interest to scholarly. Students find it a handy place to begin searches because it is partly full text and because it covers so many different subjects, including literature. However, you might find that you need something more. Rutgers offers you more than 200 periodical indexes and databases in many subject areas. Don't stop here if you need additional information.

Early English Books Online (EEBO)
EEBO contains the full image of English books published 1473-1700. From ProQuest.

EEBO-TCP is a project developed by a public-private partnership to provide searchable text to accompany the full-image EEBO (above). About 15,000 texts so far.

Historical Abstracts
Covers world history since 1450 with the exception of the U.S. and Canada (see America: History and Life). For historical materials earlier than 1450, use Humanities Full Text.

Humanities Full Text
Humanities Full Text indexes core scholarly periodicals and specialized magazines in literature, history, film studies, mass media, philosophy, archaeology, music, folklore, art and photography, and journalism.

Literature Online (LION)
"Searchable full-text of more than 350,000 literary works in the English language-poetry, drama, and prose; 175 full-text literary journals; the Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature; and reference sources including bibliographies, biographies, and dictionaries."--from the Rutgers website.

MLA International Bibliography (EBSCOhost)
The premier literary database of criticism and scholarship from the Modern Language Association with coverage from 1926 to the present. International in scope; offers the broadest and deepest treatment of world literature in one database. Can be overwhelming because of its depth and complexity of source material.

Four Ways to Find Articles

  1. The article is linked to full text in your database.

  2. Click on Article Linker to search for the article in IRIS, the Rutgers catalog, automatically.

  3. Consult the list of Electronic Journals []

  4. Search IRIS, the Rutgers catalog, to find all owned copies of an article in a periodical in electronic, paper, or microform.
    • Go to the Rutgers University Libraries homepage.

    • Click on Search IRIS and Other Catalogs to find the periodicals owned by the Rutgers Libraries. Search PERIODICAL TITLE begins with; this title is often found in periodical indexes under "Source".

    • Look at the periodical record. (The online record for a given periodical title may be separate from the print record, but is usually found within the non-microform record as electronic access.)

Internet Full Text Archives

Project Gutenberg
One of the earliest attempts to provide free texts on the Internet. Currently has nearly 30,000 titles, many of them classics.

Links from the Electronic Text Center (Cornell University)
Links to many of the major text archives on the Internet, including University of Virginia and others. You can also do a Google search:   literature text archives   to find more links.

MLA Citation Style

MLA 2009 Formatting and Style Guide (Purdue University Online Writing Laboratory)
Based on the print MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, 3rd edition [Dana Reference Desk #276] and the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th edition [DANA REF LB 2369 .G53 2009] from the Modern Language Association.
[] (Website to accompany Bedford St. Martin's guides)
Excellent, clear information about MLA style.

Frequently Asked Questions about MLA Style
Up-to-date information from the Modern Language Association itself.

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