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Loyola University Chicago Libraries

Women in Literature: Modern Non-Western Fiction: Research on individual authors

Online Reference Sources

 Loyola Libraries subscribe to the following online reference sources. To access these resources from off-campus, you will need to log in with your username and password.

Web Resources

In addition to providing general information about postcolonial literature and women writiers, these web resources also have dedicated pages for many of the authors on your syllabus.

Search for Books

Search for print books

You can use Pegasus, the Loyola Libraries' online catalog, to search for books about a specific author, organized by subject heading.

Choose the "Subject Browse" search option in Pegasus and type the author's name in this format: Lastname, Firstname   


You will see a list of headings related to your search, and you can click on each heading to see books in that category .

You can also use these headings in other library catalogs. If you visit a local public or university library, you can try the same subject search to browse books on these topics.

Search for E-Books

You can also  use Pegasus to search for e-books that you can read online. Choose the e-book only option, and then do a keyword search for the subject or author that you are researching. Subject Heading searches, as described above, do not work well for e-books.

Search for Journal Articles

The primary database for literary research is the MLA International Bibliography (MLAIB).You can use MLAIB to search for books, book chapters, and articles in literary journals. Many of the articles you find will be available online, and you can request any that are not online through Interlibrary Loan.

Once you've entered the MLAIB database, you can click on the "Search" button in the upper left corner to get started:


You can then try different combinations of search terms in the "Keyword" and "Subject" search boxes. Try typing an author's name into the "Subject" box to find a long list of articles about that author. You can narrow the list by entering keyword search terms into the "Keyword" box. If you want to try several related keywords, put an "OR" between each one.

To find the fulltext, look for a link off the the left that says "Muse" or "JSTOR." You can click on those links to go straight to an online version of the article. If those links are not present, use the "Search for Article" link to see if the article is available online. If it is not, request the article (or book chapter) through Interlibrary Loan.

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Interlibrary Loan

If an article that you want to read is not available online, you can ask the Interlibrary Loan department to e-mail you a copy. You can also request a copy of a chapter out of a book.

To request an item, log in to ILLIAD with your Loyola username and password, and use the links on the left hand side to get started.

Full Text Databases for Literary Research