Literature Research Overview LRC@TCC
Anthologies/Collections-copies of the literary work either in
full or part, some include commentaries, analyses, or criticisms.
Bibliographies-lists of books or periodical citations referring
to the author.
Biographies-accounts of the life of the author and influences
on their work.
Book Reviews-published summaries and comparative analyses of works
Criticisms-critical, evaluative or comparative statements about
a literary work.
Do you want a copy of the work by an author? Use
a library catalog and do an author search using your
Do you want information about an author, such as
biographical information? Use a library catalog and/or
database and do a subject or keyword
search using your author's name.
Do you want information about the work of an author?
Use a library catalog and/or database and do a keyword
search using your author's
name and a key word from the title of the work.
What gender is your author, male or female?
What genre are you researching? Drama, poetry, short stories?
What nationality is your author? American, British, African-American?
During what time period did your author write? Classical Greek
or Roman, Medieval, Nineteenth Century, Contemporary?
Work from general resources such as subject encyclopedias
(Reference books in call number P or a database) to specific
resources (journal articles in library databases).
Browse the bookshelves
in areas where you find books on your topic. In a database,
note the subject assigned to the article you find to find
Use both general literature and biographical reference
books or databases to gather background information.
for articles and essays from reference works and journals.
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Read the "how to use" page of a reference book
or the "help" button in a database.
In a multi-volume set of reference books, use the index
Write down every piece of information you find, you'll need
it for your citation. This includes the name of the
you use and the date you used it.
Print what you need when you find it, you may not be able to find
Use the library's interlibrary
loan service to borrow materials from another library.
There are many online resources available, use our literature