Why use them?
Reference works, like dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, as well as online sources like the ones listed here, can be important sources of background or other information to assist you with research on your term papers. If your interests are broad, this information may help you focus on a manageable research topic. These sources may also suggest books or articles which contain more information on your chosen topics.
These online web resources may help you in your research.
The Library has a large collection of encyclopedias, atlases, and other specialized reference books, in the Reference Collection on the 2nd floor. Following are a few examples:
Children's Liteature Review Ref PN1009 .A1 C5139 (found in the 2nd floor compact shelving)
Contemporary Authors (online)
Contemporary Literary Criticsm (online)
Dictionary of Literary Biography (online)
Encyclopedia of English Studies and Language Arts Ref PE65 .E47 1994
Gay and Lesbian Literature Ref PN56 .H57 G36 1994
Holocaust Literature Ref PN56 .H55 H66 2003
Johns Hopkins Guide to Library Theory & Criticism Ref PN81 .J554 2005
Nineteenth Century Literary Criticism (online)
Oxford Companion to the English Language Ref PE31 .O93 1992
Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature (online)
Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature (online)
Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature Ref PN1008.5 .O94 2006 (also available online)
Oxford English Dictionary Ref PE1625 .O87 1989 (also available online)
Something About the Author Ref PN 451 .S6 (found in the 2nd floor compact shelving)
Twentieth Century Literary Criticism (online)
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