Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

English Research Guide: For Context / Overviews

Why use Reference sources?

Reference books are useful for finding basic information about authors and:

  • for a quick overview of a topic
  • to develop vocabulary or keywords 
  • for suggestions for further sources

These books are located on the main floor of the library near the Research Help Desk and are for use only in the library.  If you don't see the book you want, be sure to ask!

Other reference books useful in studying literature

Selected Reference Materials