HEOP: Literature and Writing


Welcome! This page highlights key resources for conducting effective  research for your HEOP Literature and Writing class.

If you need assistance identifying additional resources, search terms or strategies, please schedule a research consultation with a Barnard librarian.



Finding Books and Other Materials at the Columbia Libraries

CLIO provides access to the vast resources of the Columbia University Libraries, including Barnard Library, but excluding Teachers College and the Law Library. Search the Catalog for book and media materials.

Worldcat searches libraries worldwide. If a title isn't available via Columbia University Libraries, you may request it via Borrow Direct or Interlibrary Loan.


Reference Sources

Literati gives access to a diverse collection of encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, companions, and other reference sources across many disciplines and areas of study.

OED Online is the online version of the Oxford English Dictionary. Entries include etymologies, timelines, and quotations, allowing you to explore histories of words and contexts of usage.


Finding Scholarly Articles

Gender Studies Database covers scholarship on gender and sexuality---including journal articles, book chapters, reports, and more---from both inside and outside academia.

Humanities Full Text brings full text (starting 1995) plus abstracts and bibliographic indexes (starting 1984) of noted scholarly sources in the humanities, as well as lesser known specialized magazines.

JSTOR provides access to core journals in many scholarly fields, including History, Literature, Sociology, and Women's Studies, from the earliest issues to within a few years of current publication.

MLA Bibliography indexes critical materials on literature, languages, linguistics, and folklore. Proved access to citations from worldwide publications, but not the full text article. If an e-link does not work, consider ordering the article via ILL or contact your personal librarian.

Project Muse provides full-text versions of peer-reviewed journals from many of the world's leading university presses and scholarly societies, as well as thousands of ebooks, with emphasis on humanities and social sciences.


Citing Your Sources

Citation management software allows you to store your references conveniently, and cite them in papers and bibliographies using any citation style you choose. For help, see the Barnard Library  Zotero Guide.

Purdue University Online Writing Lab offers formatting and style guides for APA and MLA.


Additional Resources

The Craft of Research is an online book with advice on all stages of the research process.

Evaluating Web Resources guide from Columbia University

Barnard Library Research Skills Worksheet, to help you practice your skills.