A Guide to Serial Bibliographies for Modern Literatures (2nd edition)

  • Author: William A. Wortman
  • Pages: xiii +333
  • Published: 1995
  • ISBN: 9780873529662 (Paperback)
  • ISBN: 9780873529655 (Cloth)
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“This volume is a valuable reference tool. The annotations evaluate each publication, sometimes directing the user on how to use it. As such, it is a critical purchase for an academic library humanities’ reference collection where the first edition had use.”


The first edition of A Guide to Serial Bibliographies for Modern Literatures was praised by The Year’s Work in English Studies as an “excellent [and] very useful work of reference.” The second edition, updated and expanded, includes information on electronic serial bibliographies.

The guide lists 777 serial bibliographies, including the major humanities and general periodical indexes; works that cover national literatures, literary periods, genres, themes and subjects, and literary authors; and other bibliographies in subjects related to literature, to literary study, and to the literary profession. It describes reference tools such as the Vertical File Index and Essay and General Literature Index, electronic databases and information services such as Lexis/Nexis and Ethnic Newswatch, and bibliographies that are published as part of journals and newsletters such as Hispania and the Keats-Shelley Journal.

The first two chapters summarize the scope of the guide and list comprehensive bibliographies. The following two chapters focus on bibliographies for English and foreign literatures. A chapter on subjects describes bibliographies on topics ranging from African American studies to women’s studies, and the final chapter covers authors from Hans Christian Andersen to Émile Zola. An appendix lists all the electronic bibliographies discussed in the guide.

A standard resource for any reference collection in the humanities, A Guide to Serial Bibliographies for Modern Literatures will be invaluable to graduate students and scholars of modern languages.