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English & Literature: English 258 African American Literature

Library Research Assistance

Using library databases for Literature Research

These databases include literary criticisms and author information:

For additional information on history, society and culture, search in other library databases such as the following:

Essay and General Literature Index

Finding chapters in books, also called book essays:

Essay and General Literature Index (EGLI) focuses on the humanities and social sciences and includes criticism of literary works, drama, and film.

EGLI cites essays and articles (chapters) contained in book collections of essays.

Additional External Resources - Writing Papers in Literature

Resources that may be helpful when writing about a literary text.

Writing for Literature This handout from the Writing Center of the University of North Carolia at Chapel Hill describes some steps for planning and writing papers about fiction texts.  

Literature Topics & Research This provides examples and description about writing papers in literature. It discusses research topics, how to begin to research, how to use information, and formatting. From Purdue Owl, Online Writing Lab