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Literature Research Guide

About this guide

Where am I?

The purpose of this guide is to help students become familiar with library resources appropriate for researching literature and literature-related topics. See below for help identifying the best databases to search, and the best books, journals, and websites to read to learn about literature. You can also contact the literature librarian for help.

Articles & Databases

Articles & Databases

Books in the CSUMB Library

To find print or ebooks in the CSUMB library, try a keyword search in OneSearch. Or you can browse our ebook collections below.


ProQuest Ebook Central


ACLS Humanities Ebook Collection


Core Journals -- Literature

Below is a sample of some of the most widely read academic journals in the area of literature. To see which databases to search for articles in one of these publications, enter the title of the journal into the Journals List.

African American Review

Arizona Quarterly: A Journal of American Literature, Culture, and Theory

Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters

Children’s Literature Association Quarterly

Chiricú Journal: Latina/o Literatures, Arts, and Cultures

CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture

Comparative Literature

Comparative Literature Studies

Contemporary Literature

Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction

Eighteenth-Century Fiction

ELH (English Literary History)

Essays in Romanticism

Journal of Modern Literature

MELUS (Multi-ethnic Literature of the United States)

Modern Fiction Studies

Modern Language Quarterly

Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature

New Literary History

Nineteenth Century Literature

Philosophy and Literature

PMLA (Publication of the Modern Language Association)

Romance Notes

SEL: Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900

Southwestern American Literature

Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature

Victorian Literature and Culture

Western American Literature