Books are an essential resource for research in literature, because they are:
Notice you don't have to read the whole book!
For information on articles, see the article tab.
The quantity of search results OneSearch returns can be overwhelming, but the filters in the left-hand menu make it easy to limit the results to only the most relevant. For example, you can limit the "Resource Type" to "Books," since we know that OneSearch is best at finding books. You can also limit the results by publication date, under "Date," so that only the most up-to-date scholarship is returned. Another useful limiter is the "Limit To" option, which is farther up in the filter menu than this image shows; it gives you the option of limiting your results to only resources with the "Full Text Online" -- which is a great option when you're researching from home.
By default, OneSearch only searches the collection at your home campus. But by selecting "CUNY Libraries" at the top of the Advanced Search box, you can search for materials at any CUNY campus. You'll need to log in to request a book from another campus. Then, you can choose to have that book delivered to the Queens College library or another library in the CUNY system for you to pick up.