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Literature: Home

This guide is designed to provide in-depth coverage for student and faculty research in all Literatures, English, American, and International, using both electronic and print resources provided by CSULB or that are freely available on the Internet.

Off-campus access

Internet computers
Most of the library's electronic resources are accessible from off-campus.  Here are some tips to remember:

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Getting Help

Guides to Research

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.

This style manual is most useful for undergraduates, particularly those who must use the 'MLA' style of referencing in their papers. 

Gibaldi, Joseph.  MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing

This style manual is most useful for graduate students and professors, not only for information on the proper use of the 'MLA' style of referencing, but also for formating their papers and theses for presentation or publication.

Gohdes, Clarence. Bibliographical Guide to the Study of the Literature of the U.S.A.

A guide to assist you in determining useful recources for the study of American literature.  Use it to supplement Harner (below).

Harner, James L. Literary Research Guide: An Annotated Listing of Reference Sources in English Literary Studies. 6th ed. (Online). 

THE source for descriptions of hundreds of reference sources in general, English, and American literary studies.

My Reference Desk Hours

If you would like to meet me without making an appointment you can find me at the University Library's Reference Desk on these dates and times (updates as they occur!):

Thursday, May 14:  4:00PM-7:00PM