(2nd Floor, following the Literary Magazines) Indexes
1900 - 1999
This index has been around a while and, before online library catalogs, was the only reliable way to identify essays that are published as part of a larger work. Each year, starting in 1900, the editors selected specific collections of essays to be indexed, for example Ornament and Silence: Essays on Women's Lives and Green Culture: Environmental Rhetoric in Contemporary America. Search by author or by subject. Subjects include the arts, history, linguistics, literature, philosophy, religion, economics, education, law, political science, psychology, sociology, and science.
However, now that the titles of essays in most edited collections are included in library catalogs--including CLICsearch--this series is of limited use for materials published since the late 1990s. The number of books it indexes is very limited. Both the books and journals it indexes are highly specialized. My recommendation is to use CLICsearch, the Encyclopedia of the Essay, and our online databases for essays published since the 1990s. Use this index for materials earlier than that.