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Literatures in English Research Guide
The following is intended as a general guide to research in literature.
Dickens, Charles. 1812-1870 -- Criticism and Interpretation.
Dickens, Charles. 1812-1870 -- Encyclopedias
This is useful to scan through and find books on a particular subject. You might find books about a particular work, or books about other aspects of the author's life and writing, such as their political and social views. The headings will also call out specific types of works, such as encyclopedias, which are often useful for background information on the author's world.
Finally, "Criticism and Interpretation" is always a good heading for critical works.
Browsing the Shelves
Browse the Shelves
This is a very effective strategy for literature, because all the books on an author are usually shelved together.
Reference books are on level 3, while most other books are on level 5.
Use the call number in the catalog to find out where the books on an author are. British literature can be found under PR, American under PS.