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English 305 Course Guide: 18th Century Poetry & Prose
Reference Books

View of Daniel DeFoe.

Engraving by Eyre Crowe, 19th Century.
Image source: Bridgeman Art Library Archive.
[CREDO Reference database].

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  Handbooks, Companions, Guides
  Print Bibliographies
  Style Guides
Locating Books
  PASCAL Catalog
  WorldCat & ILL
Locating Articles & Criticism
  Reference Sources & Criticism
  Journal Articles
  Key Journals
  Journal Finder
Internet Resources
  Eighteenth Century Literature
  Web Pages on Specific Authors
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Reference Books   back to top
Dictionaries & Encyclopedias   back to top

A Dictionary of Literary Symbols
[CREDO Reference], Cambridge University Press, 2003.
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.
Also available in print: Main Level, Reference:
R 809.915 F373D [2000]

Continuum Encyclopedia of British Literature [CREDO Reference], Continuum International Publishing Group, Ltd., 2006.
A comprehensive guide to all British literature, including literature in English from the colonial and postcolonial periods.

Encyclopedia of European Social History from 1350 to 2000.  Peter N. Stearns, ed.

Scribner Pub., 2001. Main Level, Reference: R 306.094 En19E  

Handbooks, Companions, Guides   back to top

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.

The Cambridge Companion to English Literature, 1650-1740. Steven N. Zwicker, ed.  Cambridge University Press, 1999. 
Upper Level, Circulating Collection:
820.9004 C144C 

The Cambridge Companion to Eighteenth-Century Poetry.  John Sitter, ed.   Cambridge University Press, 2001. 
Upper Level, Circulating Collection:
821.509 C144C

The Cambridge Companion to the Eighteenth-Century Novel. John Richetti, ed. Cambridge University Press, 1996 
Upper Level, Circulating Collection:
  823.509 C144C

A Concise Companion to the Restoration and Eighteenth Century. Cynthia Wall, ed. Blackwell Pub., 2005. 
Upper Level, Circulating Collection: 820.9005 C748C

The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory & Criticism. Johns Hopkins, 2005.
Main Level, Reference: R 801.950904 J62J
This informative, reliable introduction to criticism and literary theory is for those with interest in theoretical issues but without specialized knowledge. Entries contain cross references, see also, and a bibliography with selected primary and secondary sources. Helpful indexes of Names and Topics in back of volume.

The Oxford Companion to English Literature [Oxford Reference Online]
Oxford Univ. Press, 2008.
Also available in print:
Main Level, Reference: R 820.9 Ox2O [2000]

Print Bibliographies back to top

Eighteenth-Century English Literary Studies: A Bibliography
. Waldo Sumner Glock.  Scarecrow Press, 1984.  
Main Level, Reference:
R 016.8209 G511E

Restoration and Early Eighteenth-Century English Literature, 1660-1740: A Selected Bibliography of Resource Materials. Roger D. Lund. Modern Language Association of America, 1980. 
Main Level, Reference:
R 016.82 L971R

Swift Studies, 1965-1980: An Annotated Bibliography. Richard H. Rodino Garland, 1984.
Main Level, Reference:
 R 016.8275 R617S

Eighteenth Century Encounters: Studies in Literature and Society in the Age of Walpole. Pat Rogers Barnes & Noble, c1985. 
Upper Level, Circulating Collection:
820.9005 R632E

Style Guides   back to top

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

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. Modern Language Association,

7th ed., 2009.
Main Level,
Ready Reference Shelf (located behind Reference Desk) and

Reference: R 808.02 M72M [2 copies]

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, movies, and other materials in Thomason Library.  You can search by author, title, keyword, or subject.

  • Search for a person, as AUTHOR or SUBJECT, with last name, first name:              



   Defoe, Daniel, 1661?-1731 
AUTHOR search
   Defoe, Daniel  
SUBJECT search
   Defoe Daniel 1661 1731 Criticism And Interpretation
SUBJECT search

   Fielding, Henry, 1707-1754. History of the Adventures of Joseph Andrews

   Molière, 1622-1673. Tartuffe  SUBJECT search / SPECIFIC LITERARY WORK

   Walpole, Horace, 1717-1797. Castle of Otranto. 
        (In PASCAL catalog)

  • SUBJECT searching requires use of Library of Congress subject headings. Subject searching is an effective and precise method of searching the catalog. The terms below are examples of subject headings related to 18th Century Literature

English literature -- 18th century

  English literature -- 18th century -- History and criticism
  English poetry -- 18th century -- History and criticism
  Europe -- History -- 18th century
  Gothic revival (Literature)
  Gothic revival (Literature) -- Great Britain
  • KEYWORD searching will generally retrieve more hits, although results may not be as precise as with a subject search.
  • Try a KEYWORD search using two or three of the most significant words from the title or subject you are trying to find if you are unsure of the exact title or the correct subject heading to use. Place exact 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 and expand
a term:

poet* = poet, poets, poetry, poetic, poetics, etc.

misanthrop*= misanthrope, misanthropes, misanthropy, misanthropic, etc.


 Use AND between words to narrow your search:
Candide AND Pangloss


Use OR between related or alternate words/phrases
to expand your search.
eighteenth century OR 18th century .

Group OR terms with parentheses ( )when including an AND term.
Swift AND (politic* OR government*)
Robinson Crusoe AND (god OR religio*) .


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and the Library's journal databases


PASCAL Catalog   back to top

If you need books in addition to those found at Thomason Library, try your search here for books in other academic libraries in South Carolina.

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.

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WorldCat & Interlibrary Loan   back to top

WorldCatA catalog of books and other 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.  This service is used to borrow books or acquire photocopies of articles available from libraries nationwide. Check link for instructions.

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

British Writers. Charles Scribner's Sons, 1979-2007.
Main Level, Reference: R 820.9 B777B [8 vols, plus 12 supplements].
Also searchable in Scribner Writer's Series

Critical Survey of Poetry. Salem Press, 2002.
Main Level, Reference:
R 809.1 C869C [8 vols]
This eight-volume set presents an essay on each poet included. Each essay contains essential information including: principal poetry, other literary forms, achievements, biography, analysis, and bibliography. Index to set in Volume 8.  

 Literature Resource Center [Thomson Gale]

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, as well as content from British Writers, and thirteen Scribner sources. Contains full-text journal articles from more than 250 literary journals, critical essays, and author biographies.  Literature and its Times covers 300 great works of literature viewed in the context of the times in which they are set and the times at which they were written


Scribner Writer's Series
Full-text articles on writers and literary genres drawn from 13 acclaimed Scribner print series. Each signed article was written by a noted scholar and concludes with a bibliography of primary and secondary sources for further study.

Journal Articles   back to top

MLA International Bibliography  [EBSCOhost]
Published by the Modern Language Association. 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 Premier [EBSCOhost]
Provides coverage for a broad range of disciplines, including literature and theatre journals.  Includes a large number of full-text articles, as well as citations with abstracts.

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

Check Journal Finder for availability of the following titles in print and/or electronic access.

Eighteenth-Century Fiction

Eighteenth Century Studies

ELH: English Literary History

French Review

Philological Quarterly

Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900

Studies in the Novel

Journal Finder   back to top

Journal Finder places information regarding 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.

Internet Resources   back to top
Eighteenth Century Literature  

See also English 420: Gothic Fiction course guide for sources on Castle of Otranto.

Restoration and Eighteenth Century English Literature Index
  By Roger Blackwell Bailey. Includes pages for Pope, Walpole, Defoe, Swift, Fielding, and others.

Web Pages on Specific Authors back to top

Daniel Defoe
(from Luminarium.org)

Jonathan Swift (from Luminarium.org)

Alexander Pope (from Luminarium.org)

Horace Walpole -- see web links in English 420: Gothic Fiction course guide

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