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Literary Studies Research Guide

Learn about resources for literary studies research, and how to find them

In this guide

Open book This guide is for students of literary studies, or the study, examination, and interpretation of works of literature. In this guide, you will find information on resources to help you with your papers and assignments, including how to find:

  • background information (or reference sources),
  • literary criticism, and
  • primary sources.


You will also find information on MLA style, as well as details about how a librarian can help you in the research process.

If you have any questions along the way, please contact a Teaching & Learning Librarian

Evidence in literary studies

When working on assignments, you will be required to find evidence to support your claims. Watch the following video for more information about what evidence is within the field of literary studies and how you can find appropriate evidence.