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Literature Resources: Basic References

Types of Reference Sources

Dictionaries - Provide definitions of words and concepts related to literature.

Encyclopedias - Provide basic information and/or overviews of authors and their works and themes, national literatures, historical periods, literary forms and other topics. This is a representative list; use the Oxford Reference Premium and the Gale Virtual Reference Library listed below for more titles, or ask the Subject Librarian for English for assistance.

Bibliographies - Contain descriptions of recommended or core sources on authors, genres, periods and other aspects of literature.

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Dictionaries

Encyclopedias

Bibliographies