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British and American Literature

The essential resources for the study of British and American literary criticism.


This guide covers some of the basic and the specialized resources for the study of British and American literature. In this guide, you will find:

  • How to find background information, including reference resources on the English language, authors, periodicals and literary theory
  • An extensive list of the databases the libraries have acquired which contain primary sources (in prose, drama, poetry, short story and more!)
  • How to search for books and articles using the library's resources
  • The basics of literary research



This guide serves as a starting point for finding resources in British and American literature and for doing research in this area.


spotlightThis library guide is part of our “spotlight on the disciplines” literacy tier. In this tier you will be introduced to advanced academic research skills. These skills are developed by working with research librarians in upper-level courses specific to their discipline. The spotlight represents the in-depth instruction, library guides, advanced search strategies, and research consultations provided by the research & engagement librarians.

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