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A guide to help you find library resources for English literature and writing


The library has lots of resources for researching English literature and writing. This guide points out the ones that I think will be most useful in helping you.

If you have any ideas about how to make this guide better, please get in contact with me (my contact information is just to the right).

Accessing Databases & ebooks from Home

If you are a student or faculty member at Brandon University, you can access resources from off campus.  Click what you need, and you'll see a white screen asking you to log in.  Once you log in, it should link to the resource you clicked.

To log in, you will need your Brandon University username and password - the same username and password you use to log into the Brandon University network when you're on campus. If you have not claimed your username and password or you are having trouble logging in with those, you should contact the Brandon University Help Desk (Phone 571-8500 Monday -Friday 8:30AM to 4:30PM).  You can also claim the id yourself.

Introduction to Research Tools for English Literature

If you don't know much about your topic, use a reference source (print or electronic) to look up background information that will help you start your research. Some ideas to try:

Contemporary Authors Online: Find biographical information about authors as well as work lists and sources for further reading. The "Sidelights" feature is a brief critical essay and overview of each writer's professional output.

Intelex Past Masters: Full-text online works and correspondence by major authors and philosophers in the public domain. Also notable in this database are the Oxford Classical Dictionary, the Oxford Companion to Philosophy, and a Motif-Index of Folk Literature.

You'll probably need to use the Modern Languages Association (MLA) style guide when writing papers about literature. The library has a copy on reserve (MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers LB2369.M53) and you can also check the MLA tab in the library's Citation Guide.

Other places to find more information: