Crime/Detective/Mystery/Noir Fiction

Crime/Detective/Mystery/Noir Fiction


English 1C - Linda Strahan: The Big Sleep & Devil In A Blue Dress

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Print Reference Sources

  • The Oxford Companion to Crime & Mystery Writing. (Rivera Ref PN3448 .D4094 1999). Well-written, concise entries on major authors, characters and topics pertaining to the genre. (Does not include entries for individual titles.) Entries contain cross-references and often include citations for further exploration of the topic Includes Glossary & Index.
  • (Rivera Ref PN3448 .D4 D34 1994). Alphabetical listing that includes authors, characters, subjects (includes more extended essays on key topics).
  • (Rivera PS374 D4 L34 1999). Well-organized, provides a historical overview, discusses various schools of criticism, indicates major writers by decade from 1920's- 1990's, and lists various works of criticism.
  • The Encyclopedia of Murder and Mystery. (Rivera Ref PN3448 .D4 M875 1999). Entries for titles, as well as authors, characters and topics.
  • Mystery & Suspense Writers: the literature of crime, detection, and espionage. (Rivera Ref PR830 .D4 M97 1998 v1-2). Insightful essays of selected authors and various themes and subsenres. Includes sections of pseudonyms and series characters, some mystery and suspense subgenres, major prizewinners, and index.

Print Reference Sources: Walter Mosley

  • Masterplots II: african american literature series. (Rivera Ref PS153 .N5 M2645 1994). Contains essays examining the major writings of the African American tradition, in all genres from poetry to non-fiction, drama to novels. Includes annotated bibliographies of sources for further study.
  • Masterpieces of African-American Literature. (Rivera Ref PS153 .N5 M264 1992). Essays include brief discussions of the principal character(s), the novel, an analysis of the plot, and a look at the critical context of the author and novel.
  • Oxford Companion to African American Literature. (Rivera Ref PS153 .N5 O96 1997) Well-writen entries on major authors, works, and topics pertaining to the genre. Entries contain cross-references and often include citations for further exploration of the topc. Includes Index.
  • African-American Writers: a dictionary. (Rivera Ref PS153 .N5 A3444 2000) Entries include biographical and bibliographical information as well as references.
  • The Schomburg Center Guide to Black Literature: from the eighteenth century to the present. (Rivera Ref PN841 .V35 1996). Concise entries on authors, works, characters, general themes and topics, and literary theories. Includes index, cross-references and often include citations for further readings.
  • Modern Black Writers. (Rivera Ref PN841 .M58 2000) Reprints articles previously published in a variety of sources including book reviews, journals, and other scholarly publications. Also includes biblographies for each writer.

Print Reference Sources: Raymond Chandler

  • Masterplots: revised second edition. (Rivera Ref PN44 .M33 1998). Entries contain a list of principal characters, a review of the story, a critical evaulation, and a bibliography of works referenced for each entry.
  • Masterplots II: american fiction series. (Rivera Ref PN846 .M37 1986). Essays include a list of the principal characters, a review of the novel, an analysis of the characters, and a look at the critical context of the author and novel. Includes sources for further study.
  • Critical Survey of Long Fiction. (Rivera Ref PN3451 .C7 2000). Contains lengthy essays on individual authors. Includes biographical information, bibliography, an analysis of the writers works, and a bibliograpy of works cited.
  • Modern Mystery, Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers. (Rivera Ref & SpCol Eaton PN3503 .M526 1993). Alphabetical by author, with excerpts from critical essays about them.
  • Dictionary of Literary Biography: documentary series. (Rivera Ref PS129 .D48 1982 v.6)
  • Dictionary of Literary Biography: American Hard-Boiled Crime Writers. (Rivera Ref PN451 .D5 v.226 2000)
  • Dictionary of Literary Biography: Raymond Chandler, documentary volume. (Rivera Ref PN451 .D5 v.253 2002)

Print Reference Sources: Los Angeles

  • The Historical Society of Southern California : topical index of all published works--1884-1957, in the annual publications from 1884 through 1934 and the quarterly publications from 1935 through 1957. (Rivera Ref F867 .H517) Separately indexed by author, with complete titles to all articles ; and containing a complete index of all photographs, charts, maps and other illustrations.
  • Discover Los Angeles : an informed guide to L.A.'s rich and varied cultural life. (Rivera Ref F869 .L83 O26 1997) Excellent guidebook for information arranged by regions and districts of metropolitian Los Angeles.
  • Los Angeles A to Z : an encyclopedia of the city and county. (Rivera Ref F869 .L84 P58 1997)




How to Find Books: (SCOTTY or Melvyl Catalog)

Author as subject (e.g. "Mosley, Walter" or "Chandler, Raymond")
Keywords (e.g. crime, detective, mystery, or noir (can also "Limit/Sort Results" to LANGUAGE: English))
Title, Author, etc., especially from references found in other sources (e.g., "Devil in a Blue Dress" or "The Big Sleep")



How to Find Articles:

Keyword (e.g. crime, detective, mystery, or noir (can also "Limit/Sort Results" to LANGUAGE: English)) OR (Los Angeles, history, race, crime, etc...)
Author (articles by) (e.g. "Mosley, Walter" or "Chandler, Raymond")
Title as Subject (The Big Sleep, Devil in a Blue Dress)
Subject (Los Angeles)
Author as Subject (e.g. "Mosley, Walter" or "Chandler, Raymond")
Limit to (language, time period, date, etc...)

Online Resources: Library Databases

MLA International Bibliography ("Library Homepage >> Databases by Subject >> Literature") Articles, book chapters, dissertations in literature, linguistics, folklore, film; 1963-present; links to some full-text, with articles in PDF format, including illustrations, graphs and charts exactly as they appear in the print version. Keep in mind that this is a more specialized database.

Gale's Literary Index ("Library Homepage >> Databases by Subject >> Literature") Master index to the major literature series published by The Gale Group, covering 140,000 titles into 1 source.

Literature Resource Center ("Library Homepage >> Databases by Subject >> Literature") Literature Resource Center provides access to biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of authors from every age and literary discipline; covers more than 120,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalists, and other writers, with in-depth coverage of 2,500 of the most-studied authors.

America: History and Life ("Library Homepage >> Databases by Subject >> History")
One tip: click on the "magnifying glass" icon to the right of the "subject term" box to activate the browse feature of the subject terms in the database. You can select and paste the term(s) directly into your search box. Youll need to look up the references to books and journals in SCOTTY to see if we have them. Keep in mind that this is a more specialized database; these materials are geared for historians.

Readers Guide Retrospective 1890-1982 ("Library Homepage >> Databases by Subject >> General & Broad") Search more than 100 years of citations from 512 leading U.S. magazines

Academic Search Complete ("Library Homepage >> Databases by Subject >> General & Broad") Broad scholarly, multi-disciplinary database with many full text articles; 1984-present.

Online Resources: Maps

Santa Clarita Resources Page:
Historical Maps of Southern California

See also Maps of Los Angeles from The History Department of Los Angeles Public Library

Los Angeles and the Problem of Urban Historical Knowledge
A Multimedia Essay to Accompany the December Issue of
The American Historical Review, published by the December 2000



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