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English Language and Literature

A guide to English language and literature resources in UVic Libraries.

How to use this guide

This guide is organized by content type (articles, books, etc.) to allow you to explore the various resources available to support you in your research. 

Steps to conducting research

Familiarize yourself with the main ideas, figures, dates, and related topics before narrowing down your topic

  • Look for scholarly sources on the topic: Course reserves (including textbooks), required readings, Encyclopedias, Dictionaries and Handbooks are a great way to familiarize yourself with a topic
  • Once you identify a topic and find some preliminary information, you need to locate more "peer-reviewed" or "scholarly" information from refereed journals (check your instructor's notes in your assignments)

Finding articles using databases 

Read the sources located in the preliminary research to determine

  • what research questions have been generated from the topic
  • from what perspective you may approach this topic

Additional tips while using online academic source search engines

  • Consult the Libraries' Search smarter, not harder tips, including on how to:
    • Use Boolean Operators AND, OR, NOT to combine search terms
    • Use quotation marks to search as a phrase, parenthesis to combine synonyms or related terms, and use limits for dates, gender, primary sources, etc.
  • Contact your subject librarian for more help with starting your research and locating articles
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