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Literature and Criticism: Getting started

Background from reference

Reading specialized reference books helps to provide an overview of the topic, helps come up with ideas for searchable keywords, and even provides lists of other sources from bibliographies that are often included with the entries.

Key events

Reading specialized reference sources could give you insight on key events relating to a literature setting. For example, reading a story set in America in the 1950s? Take a look at  American Decades 1950 to 1959.

Find critical reviews

Reference resources