New ACRL publication: Teaching Literary Research

Contact: Kathryn Deiss

ACRL Content Strategist

(312) 280-2529


For Immediate Release

July 6, 2009

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of a new title,“Teaching Literary Research: Challenges in a Changing Environment,” a collection of essays by librarians and English faculty that explore the relationship between information literacy and literary research.

Focusing on the significance of information literacy to research in literary studies, the essays provide an expanded exploration of teaching research skills to students at a variety of levels, undergraduate through graduate. The concept of "the book" continues to be of utmost importance to the disciplines of language and literary study, but networks, databases and digital works all impact the research process of the literary scholar. “Teaching Literary Research” confronts these challenges and presents effective best practices as experienced from both the classroom faculty and librarian points of view.

“Teaching Literary Research” is number 60 in the ACRL Publications in Librarianship (PIL) monographic series, an occasional series focusing on research projects of interest to the academic library community. Contact series editor Craig Gibson at for more information on PIL and to propose future topics.

“Teaching Literary Research” is available for purchasethrough the ALA Online Store ( and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers


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