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ENGL 1561G: Swift, Pope, Johnson

Resources for researching 18th century literature and culture, for Melinda Rabb's spring 2021 course.

Welcome your library guide for ENGL1560N: The Eighteenth Century Novel.

Here you'll find a variety of library resources to help you in your research, including primary and secondary sources.

For more detailed advice on beginning your research, evaluating sources, and more, check out our Research Help DIY Guide.

"The little princess and Gulliver -- Vide Gulliver's voyage to England" (1803). Prints, Drawings and Watercolors from the Anne S.K. Brown Military Collection, Napoleonic Satires. Brown University Library.

Research Help: Spring 2021

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Searching by Subject Heading

One way to find material using library catalogs is to do a "subject" search.  This search looks for terminology found in the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) assigned by cataloguing staff to each book as subject identifiers for the volume. But you do not need to do a "subject" search to reap the benefits of LCSH terms --  the terms are cross-linked, so that you can follow the subject heading links from one book to find other works on the same subject. You can also combine search terms for more focused searching. Below are a few examples of subject searches pertinent to this course:

Great Britain > Social life and customs > 18th century.

Authorship > History > 18th century.

English prose literature > 18th century > History and criticism.
English literature > 18th century > History and criticism.
Johnson, Samuel, > 1709-1784.

Pope, Alexander, > 1688-1744.

Swift, Jonathan, > 1667-1745.