Answered By: John Harvard
Last Updated: Aug 31, 2016     Views: 132


Search terms that can help you improve your results in HOLLIS+, Academic Search Premier, and other multidisciplinary resources:

  • “Literature,” “criticism and interpretation”
  • genre terms (novel, fiction, poetry, drama)
  • geographic terms (United States, American)
  • time period terms (19th, "to 1500")
  • Terms for region or language (Italian, Asian)




Odile Harter, the library liaison to Comparative Literature, is available to support researchers via email or in-person consultation.


The guide Literary Research in Harvard Libraries: Comparative Edition describes search strategies and recommends specific databases.




The MLA International Bibliography tracks scholarship on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore back to 1926. It is both international and multilingual, making it a great general tool for preliminary searching. (As the index is produced in the U.S., there is a natural bias toward anglophone literature and toward works by American scholars.)

The Johns Hopkins Guide to Theory and Criticism provides online access to an excellent guide to literary theorists and critical movements.



I need to do some research in English

I need to do some Foreign Language research



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