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ENGL 431: Gothic America

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You only need to be an observant user of Primo -- not an expert in the use of subject headings -- to make them work for you. Availing yourself of frequently used subject headings will help you locate secondary sources easily. Use subject headings to search for resources related to a specific author or work, in addition to literary themes or movements, genres, and/or critical approaches.

Here are several examples, centered on Gothic America, of the various ways you can use LCSH to help pinpoint what you need:

Jackson, Shirley, 1916-1965 -- Criticism and interpretation

Gothic fiction (literary genre), American -- History and criticism

Gothic revival (Literature)  -- United States

Gothic revival (Literature) -- United States -- History

Horror tales, American -- History and criticism

Ghosts in literature

Supernatural in literature

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