LES Bibliography Subsections


English in Higher Education

Canon Formation

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

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

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

Database Searching

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.

User Education

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.

Technical Services

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.


Collections: General

Items included are those that discuss issues with collection development and management about literature and the humanities, in a more general context.

Collections: Miscellaneous

Items included here are those that treat specific, literature-related topics (or collections) that do not fall into other Collections categories.