James H. Thomason Library

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ENGL 420: Be Afraid of the Dark: American Monsters We'd Rather Not See

Reference Sources



Boris Karloff (Frankenstein's monster)

  Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Companions
  Film Reference Sources
  Style Guides
Locating Books
  eBook Collections
  PASCAL Catalog
  Worldcat and Interlibrary Loans (ILL)
Locating Articles & Criticism
  Reference Sources & Criticism
  Journal Articles Databases
  Key Journals
  Journal Finder
  Searching Across Multiple Databases
  Library OneSearch   NEW !

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Reference Sources:    

Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Companions, Guides

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For background information and definitions refer to the following library reference works and online reference collections:

Giants, Monsters, and Dragons:  An Encyclopedia of Folklore, Legend, and Myth. Carol Rose  Santa Barbara, CA : ABC-CLIO, 2000. [EBSCO eBook Academic Collection]

Icons of Horror and the Supernatural: An Encyclopedia of Our Worst Nightmares. S.T. Joshi, editor. Westport, CT : Greenwood Press, 2007. [EBSCO eBook Academic Collection]

Cambridge Guide to Literature in English [CREDO Reference], Cambridge Univ. Press, 2006.  Authoritative and international survey of world literature in English with entries on eras, theses, genres and critical terms, authors, poems, novels, literary journals and plays.


A Dictionary of Literary Symbols
[CREDO Reference], Cambridge University Press, 2003.  

Print edition also available, Main Level, Reference: R 809.915 F373D [2000 ed.]   

The first dictionary of symbols to be based on literature, rather than "universal" psychological archetypes, myths, or esoterica. Concentrates on English literature, but its entries range widely from the Bible and classical authors to the twentieth century, taking in American and European literatures. 

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The Oxford Companion to English Literature 7th edition. Dinah Birch, editor. Oxford Univ. Press, 2007. [Oxford Reference Online],
We also have the 6th edition, in print: Main Level Reference: R 820.9 Ox2O

Biography--Reference Sources   back to top

Gale Biography in Context

Biography Resource Center combines Gale biographies with related full-text articles from magazines and newspapers, thousands of images, and links to vetted websites. Search for current or historic figures based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender, as well as keyword and full text.

Literature Resource Center [Thomson Gale] Pascal Logo
Search here for your author or use advanced search criteria to compile a list of authors by type. Contains biographical information from Contemporary Authors and Dictionary of Literary Biography databases, as well as British Writers [Main Level, Reference: R 820.9 B777B] and thirteen Scribner print sources.


Films --Reference Sources   back to top

International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers

[Gale Virtual Reference Library], St. James Press, 2001. 

Encyclopedic in scope. Electronic edition of four volume set giving thorough coverage of films and filmmakers, including legendary films, actors and actresses, directors, writers and other production artists. Entries include a detailed essay written by an expert; biographies; filmographies; comprehensive credits; major awards; and updated bibliographies, as well as photographs.

Schirmer Encyclopedia of Film.  Barry Keith Grant, editor. Detroit: Schirmer Reference, 2007.

Main Level, Reference: R 791.4303 G767S [4 vols]


Style Guides   back to top

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.

7th edition. Modern Language Association, 2009.

   2 copies: Main Level, Reference  R 808.02 M72M

                    AND Ready Reference Shelf (behind Reference Desk)


Writing Center, Presbyterian College
Citation styles, writing guides, and scheduling an appointment with a tutor.

Locating Books   back to top


Use the online catalog to locate books in Thomason Library. You can search by author, title, keyword, or subject.

  • SUBJECT searching requires use of Library of Congress subject headings. The terms below are examples of subject headings related to the Medieval literature:
  • Materials may also be found by specifying the country of origin, era, literary genre, or the material type in which you are interested, or by identifying broader themes in literature.
  Abnormalities, Human, in literature  
  Monsters in literature  
  Monsters in motion pictures  
  Horror films -- History and criticism  
  Horror films -- History and criticism  
  Film adaptations -- History and criticism  

Aliens in motion pictures

  Zombie films -- History and criticism  


Subject searching is an effective and precise method of searching the catalog, however, KEYWORD searching has benefits, also.

  • Try a KEYWORD if you are unsure of the exact title or the correct subject heading to use. Search using two or three of the most significant words from the title or subject you are trying to find. Place phrases in "quotation marks."

  • Connect words with AND, OR, NOT to focus your search.
  • Try truncation at the end of a word stem to retrieve singular, plural, and other variations of the word.  Use an asterisk (*) to truncate from 1 to 5 characters. Use a double asterisk (**) to include word endings with an unlimited number of characters.
KEYWORD Searching Tips

· Add *
(asterisk) to the root of a word

to truncate or expand a term:

monster*= monster, monsters

monstro*= monstrous, monstrosity

· Use AND between words or
phrases to narrow your search:

Beowulf AND adaptation

zomb* AND film*

· Use OR between words to expand your search

monster* OR monstro*

·When combining AND with OR terms,

use NESTING (parentheses) around "OR' terms

George Romero AND (film* OR movie*)

(monster* OR monstro*) AND (fiction OR literature)

vampire* AND (film* OR movie* OR motion picture*)


Try KEYWORD searching with ThomCat, other library catalogs & journal article databases


eBook Collections    back to top


EBSCO eBook Collections

[Includes combined contents of EBSCO eBook Collection and EBSCO eBook Academic Collection] Over 90,000 full-text ebooks covering a variety of disciplines.



Scott, Niall. Monsters And The Monstrous : Myths And Metaphors Of Enduring EvilNew York: Rodopi Press: 2007. EBSCO eBook Academic Collection



Hantke, Steffen. American Horror Film : The Genre At The Turn Of The Millennium. Jackson MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2010  EBSCO eBook Collection.


Better off Dead : The Evolution of the Zombie As Post-Human. Deborah Christie & Sarah Juliet Lauro. Bronx, NY: Fordham U. Press, 2011. eBrary eBook Collection.




Conrich, Ian. Horror Zone:The Cultural Experience Of Contemporary Horror Cinema. : I.B. Tauris, 2010

EBSCO ebook Collection



Monster Theory : Reading Culture Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, editor. Minneapolis : U. of Minnesota Press, 1996. eBrary eBook Collection



ebrary eBook Collection 
Approximatley 70,000 electronic books covering a vast array of topics and themes.


All ebooks from these collections are also included in THOMCAT, the Library's catalog,

although more search options are available if using the ebook databases.


PASCAL   back to top

PASCALCAT -If you need books in addition to those found at Thomason Library, try your search here for books in other academic libraries in SC. Through PASCAL Delivers, you can order books online for delivery within 3-4 working days. This service for current PC students, faculty, and staff is a project of PASCAL- Partnership Among SC Academic Libraries. Borrowers will be notified by e-mail when requested items arrive at Thomason Library. Click here for searching and ordering tips.



Example of a record for a book in PASCAL catalog

Author Ng, Andrew Hock-soon, 1972-
Title Dimensions of monstrosity in contemporary narratives: theory, psychoanalysis, postmodernism / Andrew Hock-soon Ng.
Publication Info. Houndmills [England] ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.

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Jones, Darryl. Horror: A Thematic History in Fiction & Film. London: Arnold Press, 2002.

Available via PASCAL Delivers.







Newitz, Annalee. Pretend We're Dead: Capitalist Monsters in American Pop Culture. Durham NC: Duke U. Press, 2006

Available via PASCAL Delivers.

WorldCat & Interlibrary Loan (ILL)    

WorldCat – A catalog of books and materials at libraries worldwide. Try searching here to find ALL books available on a topic. Materials available at Thomason Library are highlighted and others can be borrowed through ILL or searched in PASCALCAT.

Interlibrary Loan - ILL is available to PC students, faculty and staff in order to share resources between libraries. Check link for instructions.

Locating Articles & Criticism:   back to top
Reference Sources & Criticism    


Literature Resource Center [Thomson Gale] Pascal Logo
Biographical, bibliographical and contextual information from the Contemporary Authors and Dictionary of Literary Biography databases, as well as full-text criticism from the Contemporary Literary Criticism Select database. Contains full-text journal articles from more than 250 literary journals, critical essays, author biographies, and definitions of literary terms from Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature.


Journal Articles Databases back to top

MLA International Bibliography  [EBSCOhost] Pascal Logo
Indexes critical literary and language scholarship and provides access to journals and serials published worldwide, as well as books, essay collections, working papers, proceedings, dissertations, and bibliographies. Nearly 45,000 records are added annually.

Academic Search Complete   [EBSCOhost] Pascal Logo
Scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals.

Arts & Sciences Collections I, II, & III contain an archive of over 350 full-text journals which are searchable through JSTOR or accessible through Journal Finder, which guides the user to full-text articles available at Thomason Library. The collections include journals in economics, history, political science, sociology, and humanities. This archive covers the full run of journals from the first issue of volume one; however, the most current three to five year issues of the journals are not available as specified by the publishers in their agreements with JSTOR.

Project MUSE Basic Undergraduate Collection  
Current and recent volumes of 112 core journals in the humanities and social sciences.

Key Journals   back to top


Literature Film Quarterly Literature/Film Quarterly is is the longest standing academic journal devoted to the study of adaptation; it is edited and published at Salisbury University.

Journal of Popular Culture   

The popular culture movement was founded on the principle that the perspectives and experiences of common folk offer compelling insights into the social world.  The fabric of human social life is not merely the art deemed worthy to hang in museums, the books that have won literary prizes or been named “classics,” or the religious and social ceremonies carried out by societies’ elite.  The Journal of Popular Culture continues to break down the barriers between so-called “low” and “high” culture and focuses on filling in the gaps that a neglect of popular culture has left in our understanding of the workings of society. [from publisher].

Studies in Popular Culture  

Studies in Popular Culture publishes articles on popular culture however mediated: through film, literature, radio. television, music, graphics, pritn, practices, associations, event -- any of the material or conceptual conditions of life. [from publisher's site]


ELH (English Literary History)
Superior studies interpreting the conditions affecting major works in English and American literature while publishing articles with an intelligent mix of historical, critical, and theoretical concerns.


Journal Finder   back to top


Journal Finder provides access to PC's electronic and print journals, magazines, and newspapers in one convenient location.

Browse Journal Finder by title or subject. When browsing or searching, you can read articles from any journal that is available in the Full-text resources online group of results. Choose a database in this group based on the dates available and the time frame in which you are interested.

Library article databases are inter-connected by Journal Finder, which will lead you to the full-text of an article when available.


Searching Across Multple Databases

Library OneSearch


Search [almost] all

of the Library's resources


one single search.

Use this resource to search for

  • print & electronic books 

               (Thomcat and ebook collections),

  • journal articles,
  • other reference database collections





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