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ENGL 1079 Zimmerman


Getting Started

First Steps

If one is beginning to research a topic about which one knows relatively little, the database Literature Resource Center might be particularly useful. Literature Resource Center provides up-to-date criticism, biographies, bibliographies, work overviews and explications, Web sites, periodical articles, compare and contrast pages, full-text author's works, and reading lists on nearly 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world. It includes the following databases:  

  • Contemporary Authors
    A bio-bibliographical guide to more than 120,000 current U.S. and international authors in fiction, general nonfiction, poetry, journalism, drama, and other fields.
  • Contemporary Literary Criticism Select
    An extensive collection of critical essays on contemporary authors. Each entry contains a biographical/critical introduction, listing of principal works and sources for further study.
  • Dictionary of Literary Biography
    Nearly 10,000 biocritical essays on 7,000 authors.

In addition to almost 300,000 full-text articles from more than 130 literary journals, Literature Resource Center provides full-text access to Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature and points to over 5,000 evaluated author-related Web sites.

Literary Criticism from Books

Use the Advanced Search feature in the library catalog to look for criticisms and interpretations