Last Updated: Jan 23, 2017
These resources will help you find background information on your novel and author.
- Gale Virtual Reference Library
A collection of encyclopedias on a wide variety of topics. Great place to start your research.
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- Literature Criticism Online
The largest curated online collection of literary criticism in the world. Includes children's literature, poetry, short stories and Shakespearean Criticism.
- LIterary Reference Center Plus
This comprehensive, full-text database provides the most relevant information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes—to give students, professors, and researchers a complete foundation of literary reference works to meet any and all of their research needs.
- Literature and Its Times
Provides in-depth commentary on characters, themes, and the historical and social context of 300 most-studied literary works.
- Novels for Students
Provides critical overviews of novels from various cultures and time periods. Includes discussions of plot, characters, themes and structure as well as the work's cultural and historical significance.
- Contextual Encyclopedia of World Literature
Covers world authors from many periods and genres, building an understanding of the various contexts -- from the biographical to the literary to the historical -- in which literature can be viewed.
- Gothic Literature: A Critical Companion
Spans all facets of the Gothic, including visual and performing arts, society and culture.