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This guide is intended to assist students who are conducting research on literature in English
Last Updated: May 22, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Getting Started

You've chosen a topic and established a realistic time-table; it's now time to begin searching for background information. There's no single approach to the research process. Much depends on one's experience with library and other resources, and,  on one's knowledge of the topic being researched.

First Steps

  • Gale Literature Resource Center
    A useful starting place. This database provides criticism, biographies, bibliographies, work overviews and explications, Web sites, periodical articles, compare and contrast pages, and reading lists on nearly 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world.
  • Reference Universe
    Good for searching selected reference e-books, as well as the indexes of books in the library's print Reference Collection.
  • Wikipedia
    Content may change, but often is quite reliable. Be sure to corroborate results by searching another source as well.

Making the most of Reference

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