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English Pathfinder: Detective Fiction
The following lists are not comprehensive. The items
listed on this page are representative of some of the most frequently
used research materials on this topic. To find more material, consult
the library catalog or contact your librarian for assistance.
An index is a specialized database that organizes information about the locations of articles in journals/magazines, reports and newspapers; and book chapters, papers in conference proceedings, and book reviews. Indexes provide the complete bibliographic citation of an article, including the title of the article, author, name of the journal, volume number, the pages of the journal in which the article can be found, and a short summary, or abstract, of the article. Some indexes are in book form, and some are electronic databases. Some electronic databases, including MLA, do NOT provide the complete text of articles. For tips on how to effectively search databases, and how to find journals that are not available on-line, contact your librarian, or consult How to Find Materials on English in the Waidner-Spahr Library.
Mystery Index: Subjects, Settings, and Sleuths
of 10,000 Titles
REF PR830 .D4 O43 1987
International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)
The premier scholarly index for literature, language, linguistics, and folklore.
and Genealogy Master Index
Biography and Genealogy Master Index (BGMI) is the best place to begin a search for information about people. It is an index of reference sources containing biographical information on individuals, both living and deceased, from every field of activity and from all areas of the world. This index is not full-text, but Dickinson College owns many of the materials referenced in the database. A librarian can help you locate any materials you are having trouble locating.
and General Literature Index
Indexes chapters and essays contained in books of collected works.
Covers journal articles in the humanities, archaeology, art, classics, film, folklore, history, journalism and communications, linguistics, literature, music, performing arts, and religion.
and Social Sciences Retrospective
A bibliographic database that cites articles from English-language periodicals. Coverage includes a wide range of interdisciplinary fields covered in a broad array of humanities and social sciences journals.
Lexis Nexis will provide you with full-text from newspapers around the world, for up to the past ten years.
Project Muse covers numerous subject fields in the humanities, the social sciences, and the arts, including history. Journals covered by Project Muse are scholarly and peer-reviewed, published by a not-for-profit press or scholarly society, and be a sensible fit with titles in the humanities, the social sciences and the arts.
Guide Full Text
This index will help you find articles in popular newsstand publications, such as Time and Newsweek.
A catalog of books and other materials in libraries worldwide. You can use this database to find out what libraries own material you might need.
Encyclopedias & Dictionaries
Dictionaries and encyclopedias are helpful in finding basic information about your topic area. They may also serve as sources of inspiration to you as you search for new topics to research. The following list is not comprehensive. Search the library catalog for more encyclopedias and dictionaries. Refer to How to Find Materials on English in the Waidner-Spahr Library for tips on how to best perform a search, or contact your librarian for assistance.
Reference and Research Guide to Mystery and Detective Fiction
REF Z5917. D5 B59 2004
The Encyclopedia of Murder and Mystery
REF PN3448 .D4 M87 1999
The Oxford Companion to Crime and Mystery Writing
REF PN3448 .D4 H37 1999
Twentieth Century Crime and Mystery Writers
REF PR888 .D4 T8 1991
Encyclopedia of Mystery and Detection
REF PN3448 .D4 E5 1976
Masters of Mystery and Detective Fiction
REF PN3448. D4 C69 1989
Great Women Mystery Writers
REF PR830. D4 G74 1994
and Genealogy Master Index
Biography and Genealogy Master Index is the first place you should look when seeking biographical information on any living or deceased person worldwide. It is an electronic index to over 13 million biographical entries in 3,400+ biographical reference works.
A database that includes biographic details on approximately 100,000 modern novelists, poets, playwrights, nonfiction writers, journalists and scriptwriters. Featured are current writers, the most-studied literary figures of the early 20th Century and authors from around the world whose works have been translated into English or published in the United States. Included are the author's writings, media adaptations, works in progress sidelights and interviews.
of Literary Biography
The Dictionary of Literary Biography presents career biographies and criticism of writers from all eras and all genres through volumes dedicated to specific types of literature and time periods.
REF PR830. D4
Academe in Mystery and Detective Fiction: An Annotated Bibliography
REF PS374 .D4 K73 2000
American Mystery and Detective Novels: A Reference Guide
REF PS374 .D4 L34 1999
Mystery and Suspense Writers: The Literature of Crime, Detection,
REF PR830 .D4 M97 1998
Sleuths, sidekicks and Stooges: An Annotated Bibliography of
Detectives, Their Assistants and Their Rivals in Crime, Mystery
and Adventure Fiction, 1795-1995
REF PN3448 .D4 G74 1997
Detective and Mystery Fiction: An International Bibliography
of Secondary Sources
REF PN3448 .D4 A36 1985
Magill's Critical Survey of Mystery and Detective Fiction
REF PN3448 .D4 C75 1988
Crime Fiction Criticism: An Annotated Bibliography
REF PR830 .D4 J63 1981
Gale's Literary Index is a master index to the major literature products published by Gale, including Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Literary Critisicm, and Poetry Criticism.
Literature Criticism Online
This index includes several literary criticism series including Contemporary Literary Criticism (CLC) and Twentieth Century Literature Criticism (TCLC).
Located in Periodicals, lower level
Holdings: v. 1, no. 1 (1980)-v. 18, no. 2 (1997) ; v. 20, no. 1 (1999)-v. 22, no. 2 (2001) [Print]
Resources on the Net
A "meta" site maintained by Rutgers University — Newark.