Use Google Books to search the text of a book.
Use Primo to find resources on your topic at Collins Library and beyond. You will have plenty of time to request materials via Summit or ILL for your project, so start early!
Collins Library uses Library of Congress Subject Headings to describe the content of books.
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:
By consulting book reviews of the scholarly works you are reading, you can gain a better understanding of the place of a particular work within the field. Here are a few tips for locating book reviews:
Start with the resources below and branch out as needed. Search by the title of the book, or by the author of the review and a keyword from the title.