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American and English Literature: Getting Started

An introductory guide for American and English literature.

Reference Collection

The following is a list of major reference sources available in the Reference section in the Aurelian Wing:



Credo Reference includes a series of subject specific books related to American and British literature. Among these sources you can find encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and guides.


The Oxford Handbooks are one of the most important series within scholarly publishing, containing in-depth, high-level articles by scholars at the top of their field. The Library makes available the collections for classical studies, history and literature.


Other reference books are available in electronic format in our e-books databases. Here is a list to online literature dictionaries and encyclopedias.

Reference Databases

Writing Help

The Library can assist you in finding information on how to write research papers.