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New Print Titles

Nineteenth-Century British Literature Then and Now

Literature and Architecture in Early Modern England


Women, Literature, and the Domesticated Landscape

Milton on Film

Politics of Literature

Louisiana Creole Literature

Browse Library Books by Subject 

  • Language and Literature books, often with call numbers starting with P, are located on the top floor in the West wing.  They are arranged by country, then time period, then author.  The broad categories are as follows:
  • PA--Classical Philology (Greek and Latin)
  • PB--Modern European Languages (General), Celtic Languages and Literatures 
  • PC--Romance Languages
  • PD--Old Germanic and Scandinavian Languages
  • PE--English Language
  • PF--Dutch, Flemish, and German Languages
  • PG--Slavic, Baltic, Albanian: Languages and Literatures 
  • PH--Finno-Ugrian. Basque Language and Literature
  • PJ--Oriental, Semitic Languages and Literatures
  • PK--Indo-Iranian Languages and Literatures
  • PL--Languages and Literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, and Oceania
  • PM--Hyperborean, American, and Artificial Languages 
  • PN--Literary History. Drama. Literary Collections. (General) 
  • PQ--Romance Literatures
  • PR--English Literature
  • PS--American Literature
  • PT--German Literatures
  • PZ--Children's and Juvenile Literature 

Selected Print Resources in the Millsaps-Wilson Library


Literary Journals

Internet Resources 

Primary sources are contemporary accounts of an event, written by someone who experienced or witnessed the event in question. These original documents (i.e., they are not about another document or account) are often diaries, letters, memoirs, journals, speeches, manuscripts, interviews and other such unpublished works. They may also include published pieces such as newspaper or magazine articles (as long as they are written soon after the fact and not as historical accounts), photographs, audio or video recordings, research reports in the natural or social sciences, or original literary or theatrical works.

Primary:  First-hand account of an event, an original work

  • Autobiographies, letters, e-mails, diaries, speeches, interviews
  • Documents, laws, treaties
  • Raw data that has been collected
  • Works of literature, art, music
  • Newspaper accounts of events, by someone on the scene

Secondary: A summary, interpretation, or analysis of something else

  • Articles, books, biographies which summarize, interpret the original statements, documents
  • Textbooks
  • Analysis of statistics
  • Criticism — of literature, art, music
  • Secondary accounts of events by those who compile and synthesize the original accounts

Tertiary: Usually a combination or collection of primary and secondary sources

  • Encyclopedias
  • Dictionaries
  • Indexes
  • Handbooks, guidebooks, manuals

Often in English Literature studies your primary source will be the text (novel, play, poem) you are analyzing.  


Selected Online Primary Sources 

Print MLA style guides available in the library

Online MLA style guides

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