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Victorian Literature

Searching by Subject Headings

In general, materials on Victorian literature topics may be found in InfoKat Discovery under the subject heading "English Literature – 19th Century." More specific subject headings will be listed under this major heading, for example:

  • English literature -- 19th century -- Bibliography
  • English literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism
  • English literature -- 19th century -- Periodicals

In addition, other subject searches on types of literary works may be limited to the 19th century time period, for instance:

  • English Drama -- 19th century
  • English Poetry -- 19th century
  • English Prose Literature -- 19th century

 For criticism of a particular author’s works, perform a subject search in InfoKat Discovery on the author’s name (last name, first name), then choose the subheading "Criticism and Interpretation." For example:

  • Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870
  • Eliot, George, 1819-1880
  • Stoker, Bram, 1847-1912
  • Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900

Browsing for Books

Many books dealing with Victorian literature may be found in the following sections, located on the 5th floor, South Wing, of W.T. Young Library.

  • PR 1-9680: English Literature
  • PR 451-469: 19th Century
  • PR 3991-5990: 19 Century (1770-1900)

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InfoKat Discovery searches the majority of UK resources, including books, journal articles, dissertations, government documents, archives and special collections, images, maps, videos, music and open access content.

BUT, InfoKat Discovery does NOT include ALL of the journal articles available through our databases--some databases are not included in InfoKat Discovery.

If you are doing very specialized searching or wish to limit your search to a particular database, you can select the database of your choice using the UK Libraries' Databases search.

The UK Libraries arranges books by Library of Congress (LC) call number. LC call numbers begin with letters of the alphabet. For example, most books on language and literature are in the range of P call numbers.

If Young Library is the location, check the Young Library map to determine the floor and wing for each call number. The P call numbers (language and literature) are split between the 4th floor and 5th floor.

If a book is located in another campus library, be sure to note the library location and call number. Check our list of library locations and the hours for each library.

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