English in Higher Education
Discussions of criteria and standards by which certain literary works come to be considered the most representative (or "important") of a particular genre, time period, or place. Also, analysis and debate over the often subjective concept of a literary canon.
Digital Humanities (formerly "Impact of Technology on Humanities Research, Teaching, and Production"): Discussions of how digital technology has impacted the scholarship and teaching of English-language literatures and the production of literary texts. The section includes items pertaining both to born-digital materials and to the digitization of print texts, as well as items on the evolution and definition of the field.
English Studies encompasses the study of literatures written in English (England, Scotland, Wales, the United States, and the Commonwealth), the English language, as well as the study of the society, culture, and folklore of English-speaking regions. The focus is often upon English Studies as an interdisciplinary academic field in higher education in the United States, United Kingdom, and other countries.
History of the Book
Books, articles, websites, and other resources pertaining to the history of the book, the form and technology of the book, book trade and business, and the history of libraries and reading.
Reference, Research, and Instruction
Databases enable academic and research librarians to identify, locate and obtain information resources on literature and related fields. The bibliographic category “Database Searching” includes articles and books that address the techniques of searching these databases as well as database changes that affect searching.
Literary Research Tools
Books, articles, and web pages that provide guidance in the selection and use of print and electronic resources that are relevant to literary research.
The User Education section compiles articles from the professional literature about approaches, processes, and methods employed by librarians as they teach end users about information resources in the field of English language and literature. The focus of this section is on formal instruction in group-based sessions as opposed to informal or individual reference transactions or interviews (such information may be found in the “Reference” section). Asynchronous and web-based approaches are included, as well as face-to-face.
Cataloging and Indexing
Cataloging and Indexing includes research on the cataloging and indexing of literary and related materials. These may include both formal and more informal methods.
Items included are those that discuss issues with collection development and management about literature and the humanities, in a more general context.
Items included here are those that treat specific, literature-related topics (or collections) that do not fall into other Collections categories.