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ENGLISH: Research Guide | Get Started

Resource suggestions and search tips for research in English literature and creative writing.

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Reference sources - great for getting started

Reference sources are a great starting point for research. Reference sources typically provide definitions, give topic overviews, and explain theories. They can also point to additional readings and scholarship. Examples of reference sources include: dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, guidebooks, manuals, and textbooks. 

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Oxford English Dictionary Online

Search the OED online! Access definitions and word histories for over 600,000 words.

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Key Terms in Literary Theory

Provides definitions of terms and concepts, explanations of major movements and figures in literary and cultural theory, and an extensive bibliography. ebook

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The Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory

Provides accessible entries on the important concepts, theorists and trends in post-1900 literary and cultural theory. ebook

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A Dictionary of Literary Symbols

Explains and illustrates the literary symbols that we all frequently encounter and gives hundreds of cross-references and quotations. ebook

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Chambers Dictionary of Literary Characters

Provides an invaluable guide to the wealth of characters created by writers in English. ebook

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Encyclopedia of Themes in Literature

Offers both a survey of literary themes and a collection of in-depth analyses of how these themes operate in individual literary works. REF 820.93 En192