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Literary Research in Special Collections

This guide provides an introduction to conducting literary research using Special Collections. Collections at University of Maryland Libraries are featured, but information on other collections is also presented.

Literary First Appearances

Literary first appearances are the first appearances in print of an author's work in a periodical.  

  • A poem, story, or article may appear in a magazine before it is published in book form.
  • A story may first appear in print in a periodical and later be expanded or adapted and published in book form.
  • An chapter or excerpt of a work may be first published in a periodcial before the publication of the entire work.

Finding Literary First Appearances in Hornbake Special Collections