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Primary, Secondary, Tertiary (Reference) Sources for English and American Literature


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Getting Started

This guide will provide a general overview of resources available for English and American Literature. 

For more specific resources based on research areas within the English Department, consult the forthcoming English: Research Areas guide.

General Research Tips

  • Generate a list of your search terms and any synonyms.
  • Search for each term in databases or InfoHawk+.
  • If searching for a phrase, insert quotation marks around the phrase.
  • Limit your search by a date range if you want results from certain years.
  • Try your search terms in multiple databases.
  • Look at the footnotes and bibliography of scholarly articles - they can lead you to related sources!
  • The first sources that you find may not be the best. Keep looking!


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