The English language and literature collection at Tulane supports the instructional and research needs of undergraduate and graduate students, and faculty. The Department offers B.A and M.A. degrees. Collection emphasis is on primary and secondary materials in all English language and literature periods from Old English through Contemporary, as well as studies in genre, literary theory, criticism, rhetoric, philology, language, and composition. In addition, those particular programs which offer courses taught in part by English faculty--Religious Traditions, Studies in Africa and African Diaspora, American Studies, Cultural Studies, Film Studies, Medieval Studies, and Women's Studies--reflect the enormous diversity of interests characteristic of English programs today, and curriculum-wide dependence on English materials at Tulane.
Subject Resource Guide
Collection policy focuses primarily on the curriculum of the Department of English; however, numerous interdisciplinary interests in various programs or departments, including Linguistics, Theatre, foreign languages, and Communications also rely heavily on English materials. English departmental interests exclude the collection of most "pop culture" (mystery, science fiction, fantasy, romance) prose and poetry, children's literature unless part of a collected author's canon, and inspirational literature.
Monographs, monographic series, serials, specialized reference works, conference proceedings, media (including DVDs or streaming items) and recordings are regularly sought; excluded are most anthologies, textbooks, dissertations, manuscripts, maps, and most collections of previously published materials.
To broaden accessibility, journals are sought online when this format is available. Print may be cancelled to reduce costs when ownership of the online version is assured. Online access that requires additional costs with a print subscription will be sought selectively within the amount budgeted for English journals. Monographs and other types are generally purchased as printed text though other formats are considered, including digital formats or microforms.
All languages, but primarily Western European, are collected.
Collection emphasis dates from the inception of English language and literature (ca. 450 BCE) to the present.
Preference is given to items published within the last two or three years; out-of-print materials are sought, generally, to replace lost materials considered indispensible to the collection, or upon faculty request.
Geographical consideration encompasses the English-speaking world.
The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is one of 14 members of a cooperative consortium of southern research libraries called KUDZU, which includes a shared online catalog. Loan requests through this system receive priority processing and expedited two-day delivery. The library is also a member of the cooperative Center for Research Libraries (CRL) in Chicago, through which we may borrow a wide range of rare materials for our users. Undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty may borrow materials directly from the main library nearby at Loyola University of New Orleans through a reciprocal agreement called TU/LU. Graduate students and faculty may borrow materials at other New Orleans area academic libraries, and at other academic libraries throughout the state, through the LALINC consortium. For more information about cooperative borrowing privileges inquire at the library's Check-Out Desk.
Approval plans with GOBI provide literary materials, according to profiles established for each plan, supplemented by standing and individual orders worldwide for monographic series and supplemental monographs.
Funds include Hodges, Hodges2, Miles, Storck, Henderson, Bollier, Smith, and Butler.
The Times Literary Supplement, the New York Review of Books, the New York Times Book Review, Publisher's Weekly, World Literature Today, the London Book Review, Choice, Booklist, Commonwealth Literature, the Small Press Review, World Literature Written in English, and the Irish Literary Times are reviewed regularly.