This guide is intended to assist students who are conducting research on literature in English
Last Updated: Aug 21, 2014
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.
- 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.
Content may change, but often is quite reliable. Be sure to corroborate results by searching another source as well.