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ENG215a Research Guide: Start Here

This guide will provide you with resources & strategies for your assignment for ENG215a, Survey of British Literature 1--Early Literature.

Resources & Tips for your Assignment

Reference books make good starting points, especially for information on an  author or a work of literature.

Start with the resources below, then move through this guide using the tabs above for resources & research tips for your assignment for this class.

Library Reference

In the Library's Reference Collection: Multi-volume Critical Reference Series:

Use the reference works above to find any of the following:

  • Biographical information about a writer
  • Background information about a work
  • Critical essays about writers and works

Tips for Using these Reference Works

Use Library Reference Works in conjunction with the online database Literary Index.

  • Search in Literary Index for your author 
  • You'll find essays listed in several reference books
  • If you see any of ODU Library's reference books in your list of results, note the book title, volume number, & page number
  • Then go to the Reference Stacks and look it up in the book!
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Student Learning Outcomes

This guide is designed to enable students to:

  • Conduct research using a variety of research methods and technological and information resources to gather knowledge using library catalogs, databases, and reference resources

Course Research Guide content & student learning outcomes are based on course syllabus objectives & assignment.