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English & American Literature

This guide will help you locate resources for the study of English and American literature. The emphasis is on material available in the University of Maryland Libraries, but some Internet sources are also included.

Finding Books in the UM and other Libraries

This is the basic search box for Worldcat, the best place to identify books and other materials owned by the UM Libraries and other libraries around the world.  Choose the "Worldcat" tab and enter search terms in the box to get started. Don't worry about being too precise at first; you can easily narrow down your results later to books, publication date, etc. You can also click Advanced Search for more precise search options.  

 

Finding a Copy in the CIC Libraries

If you need a book in a hurry that the UMD Libraries do not own and it is available from the Big Ten Academic Alliance you can request it though UBorrow on the Libraries HomePage (see directions below.)   The turn around time is very quick and you can keep the book for 3 months. 

 

Select the UBorrow option, type the title of the book and click search.  This will take you to the record of the book in the UBorrow catalog.  Follow the directions to request the book.  NOTE:  There has to be at least one book that is "requestable."

Unable to Retrieve Availability message

Unfortunately, there is an intermittent problem with WorldCat UMD in which availability information and call numbers do not display.  Eventually, this message will go away, if you try again later. However, if you get this error message and you need information immediately here are some workarounds:

Try clicking on the "University of Maryland, College Park" link (see yellow highlight in image below). 

This will usually take you to the entry for the item in the Classic Catalog.  Click on the Availability link in the Classic Catalog record to locate the location and call number of the book.

The Availability link will give you the location and call number of the book and will tell you if the book is on the shelf or checked out.