Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Research Guides

Eastern Washington University Libraries

English 250: Introduction to Genre

Oxford English Dictionary (OED)

Find Biographical Info and Standard Literary Criticism

The library has a number of reference works online and in print that offer biographical information and general interpretations of major works. Gale Literary Sources is the largest online collection, but I have listed a few others to give you a taste of what we have in the Reference collection in the JFK Library.

Find Background Info for History, Culture, etc.

If you'd like an overview of an event or culture. Think Wikipedia-like, but entries are written by scholars. We have a number of specialized encyclopedias in print as well -- ask Ielleen for recommendations.

But I'd rather watch a video...

For contemporary authors, you can easily find interviews, readings, or talks given via YouTube

We also have a database with thousands of documentaries.

Resources for Critical Theories, Literary Terms, Etc.

We have a mix of eBook and print reference books for defining critical theories, literary terms, etc. 

Print Reference Works