Last Updated: Sep 24, 2012
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These sources are the first places to go for literary research in English. You'll want to search several or all of them to gather complete information on your research topic.
- MLA Bibliography
THE place to search for criticism and articles about an author or work.
- WorldCat library catalog
Don't forget to do a comprehensive search for books and library resources using our shared international catalog, WorldCat. Follow this link or use the search box below.
- Literature Criticism Online + DLB
Search all of the major indexes for literary criticism at once, including the Dictionary of Literary Biography. Includes full text articles.
This box will search books, articles, and other materials that you can access through our library.
Depending on your topic, you may need to dig deeper. These databases are great options when you need more to work with.
- Project Muse
For scholarly articles and criticism on a variety of topics. Great coverage of literature journals.
Archive of full-text scholarly journals across the sciences and humanities.
- Literature Resource Center
Has some overlap with Literature Criticism Online (above), but with far broader coverage.
- Dissertations and Theses Online
Search dissertations from 1861 to present and theses from 1920s to present. You can access full text for most dissertations produced since 1997.
- More databases
If you need more info, try any one of our 200-odd other databases.
One of the challenges of research is making sure the sources you find are trustworthy. The materials you find in the library are generally reliable, but you'll find all sorts of information -- good and bad -- out on the Web.
Apply the CRAAP test. Determine the source's
before deciding whether you trust it.
See "Evaluating Information -- Applying the CRAAP Test" from California State University, Chico.