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English Literature: Guide Home

A research guide for English literature courses at South College

Research Starter

English Literature Research Starter

Once you have already read the source material, one way to conduct literature research is:

  • Consult reference books and databases (encyclopedias, Credo Reference, Oxford Companion to Children's Literature)
  • Find print and e-books (library collection, EBSCO E-book Collection)
  • Search journal indexes and databases for articles (Gale databases)

These tasks can be done in any order, but reference books are a good starting place to find an overview of a topic or to look up basic facts quickly. Books and journal articles will contain more in-depth information.  There may be more commentary in journals or magazines than in books if the topic is very recent.

Frequently-used Resources

Reference databases and books

Journal Collections

All library print journals will be listed in the library collection.

Individual Ebooks

Ebook Collections

Print Books

Print books on language and literature are likely to have shelving numbers starting with the following letters:

  • P - Philology. Linguistics
  • PE - English Language
  • PN - Literature (General)
  • PR - English Literature
  • PS - American Literature
  • PZ - Fiction and juvenile belles lettres

Free Web Resources

Resources on the Web for Specific Courses


Blake, William
Chopin, Kate
Lee, Harper
Poe, Edgar Allan
Shakespeare, William






Alcott, Louisa May
Alexander, Lloyd
Baum, L. Frank
Burnett, Frances Hodgson
Cleary, Beverly
Gág, Wanda
Grimm, Jacob and Wilhelm
Martin, George R. R.
Munsch, Robert N.
Taylor, Mildred D.

Fairy Tales and the Oral Tradition


Subject Librarian

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