General nonfiction literature and essays originally published in book form.

Suggested resources

Annals of American Literature 1602-1983
Location: Skillman Ref PS94 .L83 1986
Chronological listing of the main literary output of authors published in the United States. Titles before the early 18th century include works concerned with North America but published elsewhere.

Annals of English Literature 1475-1950
Location: Skillman Ref PR83 .A5 1961x
Chronological listing of the main literary output of authors writing in English.

Early American Imprints
Includes Series I (“Evans”), nearly every book, pamphlet and broadside published in America from 1639-1800, and Series II (“Shaw-Shoemaker”), American books, pamphlets and broadsides published in the early part of the 19th century.

Early English Books Online
Collection of texts printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473 to 1700. Includes literary texts, sermons, legal documents, scientific treatises, and many other types of works.

Eighteenth Century Collections Online
Digital collection of 150,000 English language books published from 1701 to 1800. Titles cover history, fine arts, medicine, science, literature, law, philosophy, and religion.

Essay and General Literature Index Retrospective
Location: Skillman Ref A13 .E752
Author and subject index to essays published in collections, with particular emphasis on materials in the humanities and social sciences.

HathiTrust Digital Library
Digital repository of books and other materials from research libraries across the country. Full text of works in the public domain can be searched and viewed. The full text of works still in copyright can be searched but not be viewed.

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