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English, Literature & Writing (UNH Durham)

This guide will help you locate resources for writing, and for the study of literature at UNH, including American literature, English literature, and Shakespeare.

Search Tips

UNH Library Search

The main search box on the Library's homepage searches library holdings and a selection of our more than 400 subject-specific databases. Search individual catalogs or databases using the individual links below the main search box.

In catalogs, look for relevant Library of Congress subject headings in records found from keyword searches.

Subdivisions can help make your searches more precise. For example:

  • Personal Narratives - finds first-person accounts
  • Diaries
  • Correspondence
  • Pictorial Works - identifies where more than 50% of a work consists of illustrations
  • Social life and customs - helps identify works on everyday life
  • Psychological Aspects
  • Moral and Ethical Aspects
  • Economic Aspects

The following article provides more detail on subdivisions and additional recommendations:

The main Library Search Box on the home page searches many of our several hundred databases plus physical holdings from the UNH library.

Suggestions when using this include:

  • Use Advanced Search for more options
  • Put "compound terms" in quotation marks to keep the concepts together (e.g. "climate change" but not needed for pollution).
  • Filter using navigation on left-hand side of results list
  • Be careful limiting by geographical area since many databases don't have a Geography field to search

Use the ready-made searches in the blue boxes below the single search box to weed out articles, search outside of the library, and more.


Use the Advanced Search option whenever available (this is often the default). Advance search screens will alert you to ways that you can refine your search using fields specific to that database.

When typing in your search terms, consider using

  • truncation to search different endings for the same stem; the asterisk is the symbol used by most databases
    • Example: pharmac* returns results with the words: pharmacy, pharmacies, pharmacists, pharmaceutical
  • quotation marks to indicate a phrase or compound term
    • Example: "camino de santiago"
  • Boolean operators (connectors)
    • and - tells the system to include all the search words (this creates fewer results)
    • or - tells the system to include any one of the words in the search results; use for synonyms or alternative words for the concept you want (this creates more results)


Under Settings:

  • check that Library Links shows that "University of New Hampshire - Full Text @ UNH" is selected
  • you can set the Bibliography Manager to show links to export citations to BibTeX (Zotero)

Specify the domain to target the sources of your results.

  • - retrieves pages from organization sites. This would eliminate most company and commercial sites but will still include results
  • - retrieves pages from education-related and university sites
  • - retrieves pages from government sites (US federal, state, some municipalities)

Information Formats to Search

Search the UNH library catalog by the newspaper title to see if we have it in print, online, or in microfilm. Some newspapers on microfilm include the Union Leader, Concord Monitor, and Foster's Daily Democrat.

City or regional newspapers maybe on microfilm at other libraries. Search the BLC WorldCat catalog and use interlibrary loan to request the microfilm for the date(s) you're interested in.

Also consider exploring or contacting local libraries and/or historical societies, special collections and archives at colleges & universities in the area, and organizations or associations related to your topic.

Interlibrary Loan

Do you want something that UNH doesn't own? Borrow items from other libraries--we do all the leg work!

Interlibrary Loan

This also works for getting scans of book chapters and print journal articles that UNH does own, which is a service called Document Delivery.