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Researching and Writing about English Literature: Home

This is a guide for students who are tasked with writing research papers on topics in English Literature or Comparative Literature. The guide is targeted at JR and SR Independent Study, but students in many English classes might find it useful.

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Jacob Heil
College of Wooster
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Wooster, OH 44691

How to Use This Guide

If you're researching for a class or an IS on a topic in English literature, welcome. We've created this guide to help you through the process. 

  • You can navigate through the steps in the research process by clicking through the tabs along the top of the guide: Searching, Evaluating, and Writing. 
  • Use this Home page as a reference and a jumping-off point, if you're ready to dive in. Your librarian contact information is on this page, as well as a number of resources from the Libraries' web pages that you might find helpful at various stages in your research and writing process. 
  • This guide can get you started, and it may even help you through a mental block, but to get tailored on your specific research, there's no substitute for a Research Consultation.


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Jump into your Research

If you're ready to start our research, then you can jump right in here. The MLA International Bibliography is a great resource for criticism about literature. Click through to the database and out your search terms to work!

If you're not quite ready to jump into your searches, check our "Searching" tab to kick off your process.