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ENG 200: Critical Reading and Writing About Literature

A guide to basic resources for literary criticism.

Oxford English Dictionary

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online!

An academically safer alternative to Wikipedia. Good for quick background information on authors and movements. 

Encyclopedias

Cambridge Histories of Literature

Part of the Cambridge Histories online.  Go to "Browse" and look for "Literary Studies" to find histories to national and regional literatures from around the world, 16 volumes in all.  Very scholarly and complete.  
 

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