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Literature-Based Research

Need help with your literary research? This guide can help!


This guide is a starting point for research on literary topics. 

  • Use the links below for help with writing papers, or start your online research with the links on the left.
  • The "Finding Books" tab will help you with your library catalog search, while the "Helpful Books" tab will show you some of the popular reference works we have on literary topics.
  • If you have any trouble with your research, your friendly librarians are here to help! Call us at 694-1879, email, or stop by for one-on-one help.

Literary Criticism Search

Search Literature Resource Center and Gale Virtual Reference Library with one search. Your moodle login is required for off-campus use.

Online Literary Databases

Sometimes it is easier to search one database at a time, to help you focus your results. These databases focus on literary themes and authors, including critical works. Read the descriptions to decide which database may work best for your research. Your moodle username and password are all that are needed for off-campus use!

Help with Papers

Before you can begin your research, you need to know what you want to find. Here are some good links to get you started. 

Words Without Borders

Words without Borders promotes cultural understanding through the translation, publication, and promotion of the finest contemporary international literature. The publications seek to connect international writers to the general public, to students and educators, and to print and other media and to serve as a primary online location for a global literary conversation.

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