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How to Use This Research Guide

This guide is meant to assist you in getting started on your research.

Use the links below or click on the  green  navigation tabs to find what you need. 

Below are some general literature resources to get your started on your research...

Literature Encyclopedias

The library has many volumes of Gale Literature titles, both online and in-print. Gale Literature offers the ability to search by Person, Work or Topic. Note: no new titles 2022 onward.
An excellent browsing tool, Gale Literature Criticism is organized by Popular Topics, Popular Works and Popular Authors:

General Literature Research Guide

Best Online and Print Encyclopedias

The following links will take you to encyclopedias and reference manuals to help you get started on your research. Here you can find general background information, definitions, and history on many literary terms and concepts. Searching in an encyclopedia can also help you find a topic for a paper or project. 



Finding Articles

Use databases to find academic articles to continue your research. Below are the most helpful databases for finding relevant articles for literature and literary topics. The MLA International Bibliography is the most popular, as it indexes most published works in literature. Make sure to click the "full text" option when searching if you are looking for the full article PDF. 

Good Starting Journals for Literature

The following are links to specific academic journals which are published and peer-reviewed by experts in the field. If you want to narrow your search to a specific time period or genre, finding a journal that publishes in that area can help. For example, if you are writing a paper about women's representation in literature, it might be helpful to check out a journal like Women and Language.

Search the entire library catalog here.

Materials on Literature topics are found under the "P" subclass on the 3rd floor of the library. 

PN Literature-General
PR English Literature
PS American Literature

Featured Books

Looking for an interesting research topic? Currently, the featured books section holds some of the newest additions to the library's collection of texts of literary research.