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ENG 5300 Literary Research

This guide will assist you with literary research.

Getting Started

Depending on the topic you are interested in researching, you will most likely be using a variety of resources to help write your paper. Some of the best resources to begin gathering ideas on your topic are reference books which can be found on the first floor of the Library. A list of good reference books can be found under the 'Find Books' tab. In the General Collection, many of the books that may be of interest can be found in the call number range beginning with 'PR' (British writers) and 'PS' (American writers).

The Internet is also a good place to get some ideas on how to shape your topic. Remember, as a scholar you will not be using many Internet sources to write your paper, but certainly there are some good academic websites that can be found under the 'Find Websites' tab. Finally, the best place to start looking for scholarly journal articles would be the 'Find Articles' tab. A good portion of your research should come from peer-reviewed journal articles which can be searched using the Library's Electronic Resources.