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On this page, you'll find reference books to help you get started on your research. Also, there are databases from disciplines that can inform the study of literature, but are not clearly related to it. For more options, visit the subject guides for those disciplines.
Gives background information and provides citations for the best available scholarship across a wide variety of subjects, combining the best features of an annotated bibliography and a high-level encyclopedia. Includes: African American Studies, African Studies, American Literature, Atlantic History, British and Irish Literature, Classics, Jewish Studies, Latin American Studies, Linguistics, Medieval Studies, Renaissance and Reformation, and Victorian Literature.
James L. Harner's Literary Research Guide, which Choice calls "the standard guide in the field," evaluates important reference materials in English studies.
The link will take you to the online, 6th edition.
Covering both long-established terminology as well as the specialist vocabulary of modern theoretical schools, The Routledge Dictionary of Literary Terms is an indispensable guide to the principal terms and concepts encountered in debates over literary studies in the twenty-first century.
Indexes essays and articles contained in collections of essays and miscellaneous works published in the US, Great Britain, and Canada. Subject coverage ranging from economics, political science, and history to criticism of literary works, art history, drama, and film.
Offers coverage of sociology, including ethnic & racial studies, gender studies, marriage & family, religion, social development, social psychology, social structure, sociological history, sociological research, addictions, violence and many more.