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A Guide to English: The Reference Collection

A guide to English created by Visiting Librarian Abe Nemon in 2022/2023.

The Reference Collection

The reference collection on the main floor of Gustavus Library is a great first stop on your journey towards learning about any topic in English Studies. Reference works such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, and bibliographies can offer a brief overview of a wide variety of topics you may be interested in researching, quickly bringing you up-to-speed on the history of research (or historiography) of your chosen topic, pointing the way to other important primary and secondary sources, and allowing you engage in the broader conversation about that topic among historians.

Unlike books in the general collection, books in the reference collection don't circulate and can't be checked out -- that way they're always ready at hand for anyone in the library who wants to use them!

Using an Academic Library

Not in the Reference Collection, but a friendly reminder that indexes are your friend ...

General Guides to Literary Research

In the Reference Collection

Handbooks to Literary Research

The English Language

Old / Anglo-Saxon English

Middle English

Early Modern English


Dialects and Regional Varieties of English

Euphemisms and Slang

Literary Forms

Anglophone Literature - General

British Literature - General

Peoples & Identities in American Literature

General Reference

Women Authors

LGBTQ Authors

African American Authors

Latina/o and Hispanic American Authors

Peoples and Identities in Commonwealth Literature

Literary Movements and Subjects in American Literature

Literary Movements and Subjects in Commonwealth Literature

Reference Title - Criticism and Theory

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