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William Faulkner

This Web page has information to help researchers find materials related to the American author William Faulkner, 1897-1962.

Books | Articles (includes tips for searching MLA online) | Journals| Web | Full Text Online


Books are a key resource for literary research. Books by and about William Faulkner can be found in Morgan Library within call number PS 3511 .A86. They are located in the lower level (basement) of the building and number over nine shelves' worth.

Locate individual tales by doing a title search in SAGE, the library catalog (for works in anthologies or compilations from the past thirteen years and selected older titles):

Light in August

Note: this search also picks up materials about the novel, essay, or poem.

Reference book: William Faulkner A to Z. PS 3511 .A86 Z459 2002 Reference


For literature, and therefore William Faulkner, there are three indexes that provide the most sources for research on the author and his works. The indexes are MLA Bibliography, AcademicSearch Premier, and Humanities Index.

Search the MLA Bibliography for articles, book chapters, etc. After finding a citation, check SAGE to see if CSU owns the journal or book.

To find resources about Faulkner, search MLA for:

image of Find: "Faulkner, William" in Subject, in MLA Bibliography

There are many entries on William Faulkner in MLA (as of April 2006 there are over 5400 entries).

You can limit your search by publication type from the initial search screen. Get there by clicking on "Search Options" tab if you have already done a search. Publication types are: Book; Book Article; Book Collection; Dissertation Abstract; Journal Article. The left example below shows a search limited to journal articles. You can exclude dissertations from a general search (right example).

publication type selected: journal article

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You can also limit your search by language of the article by scrolling and selecting your choice:

image of language selected English You may select more than one language; just use the Ctrl key to choose languages that are not sequential:image of German and Greek languages selected

Once you set limits, they will stay as long as you do new searches in the main search box (image of options set checked) shows just above entries for search results). If you return to image of "Advanced Search" highlighted terms it erases your previous limits, so if you intend to add something new, you will need to remember to repeat your earlier limits.

Because there are so many records, narrow your search by topic. For example:

image of "Faulkner, William" and point of view search narrows the number of items to 23 (April 2006).

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The "Search History" shows you your earlier searches. Click on the box in the "Add to Search" column to the left of the search you want to repeat or combine (with and, or, or not) and click on the "Add" button. You will then need to click the "search" button to do the search--or you can add additional terms in the same or other search boxes. Search history/alerts, will continue to display until you click on it again image of search history/alerts with arrow down (showing)(difference is direction of arrow to left of the words.)

image of search history Faulkner (July 30, 2008)

Academic Search Premier

To eliminate the book reviews from your search, do a subject search for William Faulkner not books-reviews (DE Faulkner, William NOT SU books-reviews). Same software as MLA above. There are over 550 records on Fallkner in Academic Search Premier. Some of the records are for a more general audience than MLA, and may be very useful. You can also limit your results, under "search options," to scholarly articles (this option is not found in MLA--generally speaking, everything in MLA is scholarly).

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Humanities Index (AI 3 .I495 Reference South 1974-98; online 1984- ).

Over 1,000 articles about or mention William Faulkner and his works/influence in the online database; in over 500 he is mentioned as a subject.

Subject Terms: FAULKNER, William, 1897-1962


1350 articles about Faulkner (over 4100, including reviews; limit to articles to identify articles only). All full text.


Over 65 records with William Faulkner as a LC Subject. All articles are full text and may be viewed in HTML or PDF. Do a LC Subject search or "All Fields Except Text" because the "all fields w/text" brings up hundreds of irrelevant articles.

Arts and Humanities Citation Index (via Web of Science).

Over 170 citations.

Electronic Collections Online.(ECO.)

Over 80 citations.


The Faulkner Journal. Web site.

CSU owns in print 1985-2000. PS 3511 .A86Z4584 Moveable Shelves. 2000- available online via Academic Search Premier. Web site has table of contents for current and past issues (Volume 11 on Fall 1995/Spring 1996).

The Faulkner Newsletter & Yoknapatawpha Review. Ceased publication in 2001.

CSU owns 1992-2001 of this newsletter. PS 3511 .A86 Z7832126 Oversz (near Reference South).


It looks as if Faulkner is well represented on the Web and key places are linked to by others, so this list is brief. Use these pagees as starting points (and visiting points--plenty of material on most of these sites!) for locating materials about the author.

In all cases, be sure to evaluate what you find, no matter the source: book, article, Web page.

William Faulkner: American Writer 1897-1962. John B. Padgett. English Department at The University of Mississippi.

Numerous links about Faulkner's work (novels, short stories, essays & speeches, letters) screenplays, life, Yoknapatawpha County, etc. Has links to other Web sites with information about Faulker.

William Faulkner--Biography. Nobel

Brief biography. Links to video documentary, banquet speech (available in audio), and other resources.

William Faulkner Society. The William Faulkner Society.

Has links to related sites under Resources.

The William Faulkner Journal of Japan on the Internet. (in English). William Faulkner Society of Japan.

May 1999 to the present, full text online.

Center for Faulkner Studies. Southeast Missouri State University.

The Center, The Brodsky Collection, Teaching Faulkner, Faulkneria, Biokyowa Scholar, Announcements, Related Links. Quite a bit of one-place only resources here.

Full Text Online

The Sound and the Fury (hypertext). " This hypertext is best viewed in browsers that support frames and cascading style sheets. There is no non-frame version."

"This electronic edition also contains examples of intertexts that influence the novel, as well as critical commentaries on those influences." List of criticism: General / Works Cited, Textual, Intertextual, Psychological / Medical, Religious / Spiritual, Semantic / Linguistic, Aesthetic, Symbolic, and Historical / Temporal.

See also Milton, Chaucer, Poe, O'Connor, William Carlos Williams & Wallace Stevens, Dickinson & Wright, and Shakespeare.