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Where to Start
When starting any research, it is important to begin with reference works. Reference works are broad in scope and will give you an overview of your topic. Reference sources can be in either print or electronic formats, and are usually short articles found in encyclopedias, dictionaries, atlases, etc. At the OWHL, our print reference materials are found in the Garver Room.
Our electronic reference resources are included in many of our paid subscription databases. A selection of helpful databases for this class may be found below. To look at the complete list of databases, go to the Quick Links box on the Introduction tab of this OWHL Guide.
The Literary Encyclopedia: Exploring literature, history and culture This link opens in a new window
An expanding global literary reference work written by over 2000 specialists from universities around the world, and currently provides more than 5100 authoritative profiles of authors, works and literary and historical topics.
Infobase Bloom's Literature This link opens in a new window
This reference database examines great writers, important works, memorable characters, and influential movements and events in world literature.
Use this search tool to find print reference titles held in the Garver Room