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Databases for Literary Research
The following databases provide access to peer-reviewed journal articles, reviews, and other materials in literature and related fields. Literature Online is an excellent starting point for your Author Project because it includes biographical information on major authors, in addition to journal articles.
Print Encyclopedias and Reference Sources
The following print reference sources are very useful for finding general background information on authors, including bibliographies of criticism on their works. Ask for assistance locating relevant volumes at the Reference Desk on the first floor of Ekstrom Library.
Dictionary of Literary Biography, Print Reference PN 451 .D5
Multi-volume series featuring biographical information and criticism on major authors, with individual volumes focusing on particular nationalities, literary periods, or other topical areas.
Contemporary Literary Criticism, Print Reference PN 771 .C59
Multi-volume series featuring biographical and critical profiles of contemporary authors.
Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Print Reference 771 .T84
Multi-volume series featuring criticism on twentieth-century authors.
Critical Survey of Poetry, Print Reference PN 1021 .C7 2011
Multi-volume series featuring biographical information and analysis of major poets.
Poetry Criticism, Print Reference 1010 .P499
Multi-volume series featuring biographical information and criticism on major poets.
Evaluating Web Sites and Other Information Sources
This handout provides specific critical questions you can ask to determine if a web site or other source is reputable enough for your project.
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