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English 1310: Introduction to American Literature : Background Resources

Encyclopedias of Background Information

  Library Catalogs

To find works dedicated to research on an author, do a subject search on the author's name, last name first.
A keyword search on the author's name will find these works, plus works by the author, and sections of more general works.

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Online Encyclopedias

The Gale Virtual Reference Library provides specialized online encyclopedias for background information. You can search across the entire collection, or within specific encyclopedias, such as:

Biographical Dictionaries and Encyclopedias