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Angela's Ashes: Library Resources

A list of resources available through Truxal Library for researching Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes

Library Databases

Use the links below to search for criticism and interpretation of literary works, as well as biographical information about authors. To access databases from off-campus, you will need to log in with your MyAACC credentials or enter your library barcode number.

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Reference Materials

Search the Library Catalog for the following reference titles that contain material about This Literary Work. These titles may be available in other college or public libraries.

  • A Companion to the British and Irish Novel, 1945 - 2000
  • Contemporary Literary Criticism 
    • [vol 109] - Contains passages from literary criticism originally published in books and journals; look for Angela's Ashes in the Cumulative Title Index, a separate paperback index that accompanies this multi-volume work
    • [vol 109] - locate the topical essay "Memoirs of Trauma"
  • The Cambridge Historical Encyclopedia of Great Britain and Ireland
  • Cyclopedia of World Authors [vol 3]
  • Encyclopedia of Ireland

Books & Audio/Visual Materials

Conduct a "Subject Browse" search using the Library Catalog for:

  • McCourt, Frank
  • Ireland History
  • Alcoholism

You'll find library materials that provide historical context for Frank McCourt's memoir.

eBook Spotlight

You might find the following eBooks useful for researching Angela's Ashes. not on campus, you will need to enter the barcode number from the back of your AACC photo ID or Truxal Library card to access these resources.

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