Researching Your Topic
1. Guide to Literary Research, Writing and Critical Reading (EBSCO)
– This EBSCO research guide covers the basics of how to research your topic.
3. Check the A-Z Subject guides
- Subject guides are a good place to get started. They will give you an overview of the topic.
Example: English Language and Literature -This guide offers access to literary content and analysis.
4. Use Concept maps to organize, and craft creative ideas. Concept mapping can help you narrow your topic and
find related terminology to use in a search query string:
- VUE (Visual Understanding Environment) (Tufts University)
- See Concept mapping (Royal Roads University) for other mapping tools
Use reference materials such as bibliographies, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and guides to locate relevant information on a topic.
Suggested Reference Resources:
- A dictionary of contemporary world history by Riches, Christopher(2016)
- A Dictionary of critical theory by Buchanan, Ian (2018)
- A Dictionary of world history by Oxford University Press (2006-)
- Key Concepts in Literary Theory by Julian Wolfreys et. al. (2016)
- Postcolonial Literatures in Context by Julie Mullaney (2010)
The Oxford Companion to United States History by Paul S. Boyer (2001-)
- Cambridge Companion to...
Handbooks dedicated to single authors or literary movements. Best to use keywords to narrow the results
- Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century by Wolfgang Bernard, Fleischmann (1975) (vols. 1-4)
- An Introduction to Literary Studies by Mario Klarer (2004)
- Nineteenth-century literature criticism by Thomson Gale (Firm) (1981-)