Research Guides


Reference Materials

Listed below are resources that may be helpful in your research. If you need additional help, please see the Reference Librarian or your Instructor.

General Encyclopedias (Circulation and Reference Areas in the AE Section; Online)

General encyclopedias are a good resource to begin your research. Often you will find a good overview article on your topic, with an outline and sometimes a bibliography. The online version of Encyclopedia Britannica is available any where on campus.

Biographical Encyclopedias (Reference; First Floor)

Biographical encyclopedias often have articles on famous authors. Two very good examples are:

Current Biography (REF CT100 C81)
The McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of World Biography (REF CT103 M27)

PN, PR, PS, Z Reference Sections (Reference; First Floor)

These areas contain biographies and general criticisms of authors’ works. See some specific titles below.

Humanities Index (Index Table, First Floor)

Humanities Index is a print index, which lists sources of general and specific criticisms of authors and their works. It includes specialized literary journals, such as Poetry, Shakespeare Quarterly, and Modern Fiction Studies. Consult the RSC Periodical and Newspaper List to see if the library subscribes to a particular title. Look under your author’s last name.

Essay and General Literature Index (Index Table; First Floor)

The Essay and General Literature Index is a good guide to critical sources which are parts of books, such as an essay in a collection. Look under the subject (author’s last name). You will need to check the online card catalog to see if the library has the book listed.

Online Library Catalog

The Online Library Catalog is an index to the library’s books and audiovisual materials. You may search the catalog from any computer with Internet access. The online library catalog can be searched in a variety of ways most notably by TITLE, AUTHOR, SUBJECT, and KEYWORD.

Online Databases

Before entering the Rose State College Online Databases from off-campus, you will need to activate your campus username and password. Stop by the Reference Desk in the Library, and we will assist you in getting on the network. After completing this process on campus you will be able to utilize any of the databases from wherever you have Internet access. More complete instructions may be found at Online Database Log-in Instructions

EBSCOhost Databases

EBSCOhost is an online database service provider and is available from any computer with Internet access. The online databases provide indexing and full-text articles from periodicals and newspapers. Academic Search Complete and MagillOnLiterature Plus databases within EBSCOhost will be most helpful for your literary assignment.


InfoTrac is an online database service provider and is available from any computer with Internet access. The InfoTrac databases have both full-text articles and indexing information.

Gale's Literary Index is also available.


Although an unorganized and unregulated resource, the Internet does contain valuable information. Valuable Internet links are available for some of the authors.

(Click here to go to the library's list of authors.)

Additionally, the library's LITERATURE, BOOKS, MOVIES links will be helpful as well.

Literary Reference Materials: First Floor

The Reference Materials listed here include critical evaluations of literary works, plot summaries, discussions of themes and meanings, and information on the authors' styles and techniques.

Author Guides

Select an author's name from this link to locate resources on that particular author.