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World Literature Research Guide

Biographical Resources -- Use these resources for finding general and background information on a particular author.


Dictionaries & Encyclopedias  - General and background information on a topic.

Electronic Resources

English Literature on the Web Extensive list of links to literary resources.

European Literature Electronic Texts   This page lists Internet sources for literary texts in the western European languages other than English. Translations are mentioned only when they are included in collections of original language texts, or when they are themselves of interest. Collections are listed more or less in order of size; individual authors are listed alphabetically. From ACRL.

Internet Medieval Sourcebook The site is divided into three main pages (Selected Sources, Full Texts sources, and Saints' Lives) and has numerous links, many of which contain full text of medieval sources. Supplementary documents include a listing of primary sources ordered by accession; secondary sources, maps, translated texts, and desiderata. Includes a search engine that enables the user to retrieve documents by keywords. 

The Labyrinth Resources for Medieval Studies sponsored by Georgetown University.

Medieval Feminist Index The Medieval Feminist Index covers journal articles, book reviews, and essays in books about women, sexuality, and gender during the Middle Ages.

Project Gutenberg   Since 1971, Project Gutenberg has sought to put paper editions in the public domain into electronic format.  Volunteers submit books that they have converted into electronic format.  So far, nearly 10,000 titles have been put into "plain vanilla ASCII" format, holdings equivalent to a modest piece of a small public library.  The site is searchable by author, title, language, and subject but not by key word in the body of the text.

Voice of the Shuttle The VOS home page has links to menus for 25 broad subject areas from Anthropology to Women's Studies.  Most of the links are to academic or scholarly sites with an emphasis on interdisciplinary humanities studies.

Literary Criticism -- Literary criticism analyzes, compares and contrasts, interprets, or evaluates works of literature. The print and electronic resources listed below contain biographical information on authors and critical essays regarding their literary works. Most of these indexes list scholarly journals and books on a specific work. Choose the reference work which is most related to your author and the literary time period.

The best sources to use are the ones with "criticism" in their title. These multi-volume works have an index in the last volume which indexes all of the volumes by the title or by the author.

The excerpts in the "criticism" resources are actual reprints from scholarly journals and books. Each article or book excerpt/reprint can be used as a quote or source in your research paper. Logan Library may not have the journal or the book, but the most important part of the literary criticism is reprinted in these books.

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