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Victorian Literature Research Guide

Learn about resources for Victorian literature studies, and how to find them

Background information

stack of booksBackground information can help you learn more about your topic and develop your research question, and is often found in reference works, such as dictionaries, encyclopedias, or bibliographies.

Seeking out background information is often an important early step in the research process. 

Reference works can be general in nature, such as the Oxford English Dictionary, but there also may be reference works that are specific to your research area or topic. For example, if you are researching a work such as Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, you will find several reference works, such as A Concordance to Brontë's Jane Eyre, that may point you toward other critical sources and provide you with important background knowledge.

To discover whether there are reference works on your topic, try searching the name of the work you're researching in the library's catalog, with the name of the work as a subject, rather than title. 

Types of Reference Works Common in Literary Studies

Important Reference Works for Literary Studies

Find many other reference works in the library's catalog