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ENG 125: Introduction to Literature (Purugganan - AL): Encyclopedias

Online Encyclopedia Collections

Reference Books

Why use a reference book for literary criticism?  Use a reference book to find:

  • Author information
  • Plot summaries
  • Character information
  • Main ideas and themes of a particular work
  • Descriptions/expanded definitions of concepts, themes, or historical events (e.g., feminism, the Great Depression)

Use the encyclopedia databases listed on this page to find basic background information.