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Guide to Literary Studies

First Steps


Sometimes it is best to begin your research using a subject specific encyclopedia or dictionary. Try any of the following for basic information.


  • Reference Universe: search contents of 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 reliable. Corroborate results with a more authoritative source.
  • Library Catalog: use the advanced search option and limit to materials in the "Reference Collection."
  • Gale Literature Resource Center: good for biographical information as well as some criticism.