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American Literature I: Beginnings through 1865: Home

ENG 220, Dr. Bucher

Find scholarly sources on all topics


Go to the Library web page, enter your topic in the center search box and GO!  

Search results will include books & ebooks, book chapters & articles (mostly scholarly), videos, and other sources.
Refine search results by checking format, content, topic, etc.
Books & articles available electronically will usually (but not always!) have a View Now button.
Use the Request Item Through Interlibrary Loan button to get books & articles that are not part of Memorial Library's collection. The link will automatically fill in the request form for you once you've set up an ILLiad account.

Find literary criticism & biography

Literary Reference Center is a  great resource to use for thorough research on literary topics - writers, genres, time periods, etc.

Results will include the full text of credible secondary sources -- journal & encyclopedia articles, excerpts from books, news articles & book reviews.
Most results also include the full text of primary sources -- period articles, book reviews, and interviews.
Use quotation marks around the name if results include too many unrelated sources.

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Can I use Google?

Many students are inclined to start with Google and Wikipedia. That's fine for getting a basic introduction to your topic, and you may even find credible, scholarly websites that will be beneficial -- even crucial -- to your research. But to do a thorough job you MUST do two things:

Critically evaluate any free web-based resources
Go beyond the open web to ensure that you've found the best resources