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English 567: Howells, Twain and James

This guide was created for English 567 focusing in depth on the American realist writers, Howells, Twain and James.


Use SouthernSearch to locate information in our library. SouthernSearch provides simple, one-stop searching for books and e-books, videos, articles, digital media, and more.

Enter your search terms in the search box provided and click on Search. The default is to search "Everything at SCSU." You can click on the down arrow next to "Everything at SCSU" for other choices such as SCSU Catalog and Collections, Articles and e-books, Course Reserves, and CT State Colleges and Universities.

When searching by keyword use "and" to combine your search terms for more precise results.

Sample Keyword Searches:
You can use keyword search terms as shown below:

New woman
Divorce and history and United States
Divorce and  United States and nineteenth century
Free love and nineteenth century
Women and divorce and nineteenth century
Women and social conditions and nineteenth century

Boston marriage
Henry James and sex role
Henry James and relations and men
Henry James and same-sex relationship

You can also enter  names in a keyword search:
Victoria Woodhull
Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Use Advanced Search for more search options to limit or focus your search. Advanced Search allows you to search by Author, Title, Subject, ISBN.

For an author search, type the author's last name first followed by the first name.
Example: James, Henry

Search tips:
Use an * to retrieve variant forms of the word
Example: wom* will retrieve woman, woman's women, women's, etc.

Use quotes (" ") to search for phrases
Example: "women's suffrage"

To find primary sources, use keywords such as "letters", "diaries", "speeches", "correspondences", "memoirs", "personal narratives", "oral history"  "autobiography", etc.

Recommended Search Terms

Here are some subject search terms:

Subject Headings for literature of the 19th Century:
American literature -- 19th century
American literature -- 19th century -- History and criticism
American fiction -- 19th century
American fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism
Authors, American -- 19th century 
Authors, American -- 19th century -- Correspondence
Literature and society -- United States -- History -- 19th century

Subject Headings for authors and their works:
Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920 -- Criticism and interpretation
Howells, William Dean, 1837-1920. Modern instance
James, Henry, 1843-1916 -- Criticism and interpretation
James, Henry, 1843-1916. Portrait of a lady
Twain, Mark, 1835-1910. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Twain, Mark, 1835-1910 -- Criticism and interpretation

For information relating to love, marriage, divorce, relationships in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, use the following subject and keyword search terms

Library of Congress Subject Headings:

Divorce America History
Divorce United States History 19th century
Divorce Law and Legislation United States History 19th century
Families United States
Families United States History
Families United States History Nineteenth Century
Families United States Social Conditions
Feminis Umited States History 19th Century
Free Love United States History
Free love United States History 19th Century
Marriage United States History 19th Century
Sex Customs United States History 19th Century
Women Legal Status, Laws, etc.
Women Social and Moral Questions
Women's rights United States History 19th Century

Where materials are shelved

Here are Floorplans  for maps of each floor of the library showing where our collections are shelved.

Reference books are shelved on the first floor of Buley Library.  Journals in print, microfilm or microfiche are on the ground floor.

SCSU Stacks are on the 2nd and 3rd floors of Buley.

  • Stacks call numbers beginning with A - PL are on the 2nd floor.
  • Stacks call numbers beginning with PM - Z are on the 3rd floor.

Checking Out Books

Circulating books are checked out at the Circulation Desk on the main floor with a valid SCSU ID. Books can be checked out for 28 days with the option to have them renewed if no one else has requested them. Reference books cannot be checked out.

Requesting books from another library

To request a book from another library in the CSCU consortium, you must search the CSCU consortium by selecting "CT State Colleges and Universities" from the pull-down menu in the search box as the default is to search "Everything at SCSU". Enter your search terms and execute your search. Once the results list appears, you need to sign in to your library account to see which library has the book. You will see the name of the library that has the book and "available" if the book is available to be loaned. Click on "available" and you will see more information about the book and option to "request" the book. Click on "Request". Check to see that the pick-up institution is  Southern Connecticut State University and the library is Hilton C. Library. Click on request to complete the transaction. You will be notified by email when the book is here and you can pick up your book at the Check-out Desk.

For additional help requesting a book from another CSCU library, please watch this video:


Scanners are available on the first and ground floors. Users can scan to their email or their flash drive for free. You cannot print from the scanners. There are 3 printers on the main floor that allow you to scan, copy and print. One is located in the front lobby; one is located at the IT Help desk and the third is near the reference stacks. Scanning is free but printing is 5 cents for single side black and white and 8 cents for double-side. Color printing is 25 cents for single side and 40 cents for double side.

Hoot Loot card holders can add to their account from the Card Value Center in Buley Library which is located opposite the Check-out counter on the main floor.

Google Books

Use recommended keyword search terms.

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