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This guide will help you find a wide range of resources for all courses in English literature.

Subject Guide

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Chris Caldwell
Chris Caldwell
Assistant Professor & Humanities Librarian
Special Collections
University of Tennessee Libraries
Subjects:English, Theatre

Starting Points

Books, Audio-visual Materials, etc.



Google Scholar

Google Books


For literary criticism, you are encouraged to search both MLA International Bibliography (MLAIB) and Literature Online (LION), as they are both powerful and have varying overlap in results. LION includes the British Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature.

For broader Humanities research there are many other databases to choose from (see Articles), but reliable favorites include: Academic Search CompleteJSTOR and Project MUSE

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias:

Oxford English Dictionary

Merriam-Webster Online

Oxford Reference Online - See the Literature section

Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory & Criticism

Research Advice:

MLA Literary Research Guide - A selective, annotated guide to reference sources essential to the study of British literature, literature of the United States, other literatures in English, and related topics.