Reference sources include encyclopedias, handbooks, and dictionaries. They are a great place to begin your research, since they can help with the following:
Gale Literary Index (GLI)
Use the GLI to see if your author or work is discussed in Gale's Literary Criticism Series in the Reference Collection. Geisel Library has volumes 1–151 of Contemporary Literary Criticism, volumes 1–96 of Nineteenth Century Literary Criticism, and volumes 1–114 of Twentieth Century Literary Criticism.
Use these tips to help you choose a research topic:
If you want to discuss topic ideas, stop by the Reference Desk to chat with a librarian.
These search tips work in our library databases and Library Catalog:
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