James H. Thomason Library

Reference Sources


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Flannery O'Connor. Images from ARTstor Image Database.

  Reference Databases
  Citation Style
Locating Books
  PASCAL Delivers
  WorldCat and Interlibrary Loan
Locating Articles & Criticism
  Reference Sources & Criticism
  Journal Databases
  Key Journals
Internet Resources

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Title: Southern Meccas: A Literary-Culinary-MusicalTour of the South.

Trip Dates: March 5-11, 2012
Cross-listed with SOST 458
Supervising Professors: Margaret McGehee and Dean Thompson
This course meets the requirements for General Education Intercultural credit.
The South has long been a site of serious culturalproduction on the part of writers, artists, and musicians from Flannery O'Connor to Alice Walker to Elvis. But where in particular did these folks come from? And what was it in their hometowns, their families, or their social
circumstances that inspired them and their art? In this course, we will examine "sense of place" as rendered through their works, but we will also go to their former homes or hometowns to try to glimpse some of that sense of place firsthand. This course will meet for the first 6 weeks of the semester, culminating in a pilgrimage to various literary sites throughout the southeastern U.S. during Spring Break.

The Continuum Encyclopedia of American Literature [CREDO Reference].  Steven R. Serafin & Alfred Bendixen, editors. Continuum, c2005.

Encyclopedia of Southern Literature
Mary Ellen Snodgrass,

ABC-CLIO, 1997.
Main Level, Reference:
R 810.9975 Sn52E

Literature (The New Encyclopedia of
Southern Culture, Vol.9). M.Thomas Inge, ed. University of North Carolina Press, 2008.

Main Level, Reference: R 975.00321 N42N


Oxford African American Studies Center
Oxford African American Studies Center
[Oxford U. Press]
.  A comprehensive online collection focusing on the lives and events which have shaped African American and African history and culture. This collection, edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. of Harvard University, includes 7,500 articles from core reference works, over 1,000 images, primary sources with specially written commentaries, and over 100 maps that have been collected to enhance the reference content. Also included are over 100 charts and tables offering information on demographics, government, politics, business, labor, education and the arts.
Includes indexing and content from the following print resources:
• Africana
African American National Biography (much content available, but still under development)
Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895
Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present
Black Women in America, Second Edition
Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature

Gale Biography in Context (formerly Biography Resource Center)   [Thomson/Gale]
Biography Resource Center includes biographies from Gale and St. James Press reference books, as well as full-text articles from hundreds of periodicals. 
Includes searchable content from Contemporary Authors Online, Contemporary Novelists, Contemporary Southern Writers, and Feminist Writers.


The Companion to Southern Literature: Themes, Genres, Places, People, Movements, and Motifs. Joseph M. Flora and Lucinda H. MacKethan, editors; Louisiana State University Press, c2002.
Main Level, Reference: R 810.9975 C738C

A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American South. Richard Gray and Owen Robinson, editors, Blackwell Pub., 2004.

Upper Level, Circulating Collection: 810.9975 C738C

The Oxford Companion to Women's Writing in the United States. Cathy N. Davidson, Linda Wagner-Martin, editors-in-chief. Oxford University Press, 1995.
Main Level, Reference: R 810.99287 Ox24O

Literary Trails of the North Carolina Piedmont: A Guidebook.  Georgann Eubanks & Donna Campbell.

University of North Carolina Press. 2010 [ebook] EBSCO eBook Collection. ADD URL


BIOGRAPHY   back to top

American Women Writers: A Biographical Dictionary. Carol Kort.  Checkmark, 2001.

 Main Level, Reference: R 810.99287 K845A

American Women Writers, 1900-1945: A Bio-bibliographical Critical Sourcebook. Laurie Champion, ed. Greenwood Press, 2000.

Main Level, Reference: R 810.99287 Am35A

Gale Biography in Context   (formerly Biography Resource Center)[Thomson/Gale]
See description above, under Reference Databases

Contemporary Fiction Writers of the South: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook. Joseph M. Flora and Robert Bain, eds. Greenwood Press, 1993. 

Main Level, Reference: R 813.5409 C767C

Contemporary Southern Writers, Roger Matuz, ed.  St. James Press, 1999.
Main Level, Reference: R 810.9975 C767C2

Fifty Southern Writers after 1900: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook, Joseph M. Flora and Robert Bain, editors, Greenwood Press, 1987. 
Main Level, Reference: 
R 810.9975 F466F2

Modern American Women Writers. Elaine Showalter, consulting editor, Lea Baechler, A. Walton Litz, general editors. Scribner, 1991.

ain Level, Reference: R 810.99287 M72M

Also check ThomCat & PASCAL for books

on specific individuals--search as SUBJECT, last name first.


Women Writers in the United States: A Timeline of Literary, Cultural, and Social History
Cynthia J. Davis and Kathryn West.  Oxford University Press, 1996.
Main Level, Reference
R 810.99287 D291W

CITATION STYLE   back to top

Humanities: Documenting Sources [Research and Documentation Online], Bedford/St. Martins, 2003.

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


LOCATING BOOKS back to top

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

  • Search for a person, as AUTHOR or SUBJECT, with last name, then first name:              
Faulkner, William, 1897-1962  [as AUTHOR]  
Faulkner, William, 1897-1962 [as SUBJECT]  
Welty, Eudora, 1909-   [as AUTHOR]  
Welty, Eudora, 1909-   [as SUBJECT]  
Welty, Eudora, 1909- -- Criticism and interpretation [as SUBJECT--with subheading]  
Welty, Eudora, 1909- -- Knowledge -- Southern States



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

  • Try a KEYWORD search 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 * to the root of a word to truncate or expand a term (up to 5 additional characters in Thomcat and PASCALcat)
cultur* = culture, cultures, cultural, etc.

Use a double asterisk in Thomcat & PASCALcat

to retrieve an unlimited number of letters

(in most journal databases, a single asterisk will retrieve

n unlimited number of additional letters).

south** = south, southern, southerners, etc.

                                  religio**= religion, religions, religiosity,

                                                     religious, religiousness


· Use AND between words to narrow your search:
AND worn path

toni morrison AND bluest eye

Faulkner AND Yoknapatawpha County

· Use OR between words to expand your search and
group words in the "OR" statement with parentheses ( )
(women OR female* ) AND

(women OR female* ) AND (author* OR writer*) .

toni morrision AND (racis* OR racial*)

Try KEYWORD searching


THOMCAT, PASCALcat, & the Library's journal databases

PASCAL Catalog    

If you need books in addition to those found at Thomason Library, try your search the PASCAL Catalog 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.

WorldCat  & Interlibrary Loan   back to top

WorldCatA 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.



Contemporary Literary CriticismGale Research Co. (Library has 194 print volumes) Main Level, Reference: R 809.04 C767C

Critical Survey of Long Fiction
(English language series). Frank N. Magill, ed. Salem Press, 1983. (3 vols. plus supplement). Main Level, Reference: R 809.3 M272C  

Critical Survey of Short Fiction
(7 volumes) Charles E. May, ed. Salem Press, 2001. Main Level, Reference: R 809.3 M272C2

Literature Resource Center
[Thomson Gale]
Search the Contemporary Authors and Dictionary of Literary Biography databases, as well as full-text criticism from the Contemporary Literary Criticism Select database with one query. 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.



Academic Search Premier [EBSCOhost] 
EBSCOhost's journal and magazine articles from all academic disciplines.

MLA International Bibliography  [EBSCOhost]
Published by the Modern Language Association, this database is the premier resource for literature and language topics. 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.

An archive of over 350 full-text journals which can be searched at this site. Other PC databases link to JSTOR articles through Journal Finder, which guides the user to full-text articles. As an archive, JSTOR does not provide the most current three to five year issues of the journals 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

Faulkner Journal

Georgia Review   (note: Thomason Library has print volumes.

Electronic full-text not available, but indexing and abstracts are provided

in the MLA International Bibliography database.

Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers

MELUS Published by the Society for the Study of the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States, MELUS features peer-reviewed articles, interviews and reviews encompassing the multi-ethnic scope of American literature past and present. Most issues are thematically organized for greater understanding of topics, criticism and theory in the total picture of American literature MELUS hopes to present.


Mississippi Quarterly

Modern Fiction Studies

Southern Cultures  

Center for the Study of the American South, UNC-Chapel Hill.

Southern Literary Journal

Southern Review

Studies in American Fiction



Annina's Toni Morrison Page (Luminarium.org)   
Includes pages for individual works, with reprinted essays, as well as links to interviews, biographies, etc.


Mississippi Writers Page "A multi-faceted Internet resource about writers in, from, or otherwise associated with the state of Mississippi. Presented by the Department of English at the University of Mississippi, it is designed both as an introduction to the diversity of literary talent in Mississippi and (we hope) as a source of accurate and timely information for the serious literary scholar. Parts of this web site are still under construction, but information continues to be added to the database."

See also: Mississippi Writers Page: Eudora Welty and Mississippi Writers Page: William Faulkner

Eudora Welty Centennial (1909-2009). Eudora Welty Foundation.

The Flannery O'Connor Collection  Georgia College and State University.

"Lillian Smith."  New Georgia Encyclopedia. Updated 9/2/2008. Includes biographical entry and bibliography of works about Smith.

LitWeb: American Women Writers' Index.

Southern Literary Trail

NOTE: This page was created for a the 2011 Trailfest--the next Trailfest will be in 2013.

THE SOUTHERN LITERARY TRAIL connects southern places in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi that inspired great American writers to create classic fiction and plays. The inspiration continues. Every two years, the Trail's organizers host Trailfest, the only tri-state literary festival in the United States with free events, theatrical performances and heritage tours.

Southern Spaces, created at Emory University with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is a peer-reviewed internet journal and scholarly forum that provides open access to essays, gateways, events and conferences, interviews and performances, and annotated web links on real and imaginary places and spaces of the American South.

Areas of emphasis: Arts and Media; Economy and Social Class; Environment; Foodways, Traditions, and Rituals; Gender and Sexuality; Geographies; Health; History; Literature and Language; Music; Politics and Government; Race and Ethnicity; Religion; Social Movements; and Sports and Leisure.

William Faulkner on the Web

The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival


GET HELP   back to top
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