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English Subject Guide: Introduction

A guide for exploring topics in literature


Dictionary of Literary Biography: Use this resource to discover an author's key themes and authoritative texts.


Search Oxford Reference Online  

Oxford Reference Online: Use this resource to increase your working knowledge of topics about and related to literature.


The English Subject Guide provides databases which are designed to help you study and research topics in literature effectively.  Use the 

  • Begin Here page for some core databases helpful for finding books & articles on literature, the
  • Surveys of Research page for identifying some highpoints in literary research in a given year, the
  • Biographies page for discussions of the life and times of an author, the
  • Primary Sources page for contemporary accounts of happenings during the lifetime of the author, the
  • Annotating Sources page for help on writing annotated bibliographies, and the
  • Citing Sources page for help on citing in MLA format.

Contact the English department library liaison, Nevin Mayer, for help with research and the use of these resources.

Nevin Mayer

Nevin Mayer

Office Hours (Fall 2015)
M 10 am to 12 pm
W 10 am to 12 pm