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East Central: Guide to Library Resources for English Students: Literary Reference

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Literary Reference Books in Print

Reference books typically provide basic information such as additional sources of information, biographical sketches and details, definitions or statistical information. Reference books do not circulate; they must be used in the library. The following (listed in shelf-browsing order) are available in the region's libraries as indicated ("A" for Anderson; "Ma" for Marion; "Mu" for Muncie) and are a good source of literary cricitism:

Great Books of the Western World Britannica series (A-Mu: shelved at beginning of Reference Collection)
MasterPlots (Magill, 12 vol.) 1,801 plot stories and critical evaluations of the world's finest literature (Mu: Ref PN44 .M33 1996)
Masterpieces of World Literature (Magill) (A-Ma-Mu: Ref PN44 .M3448 1989)
Encyclopedia of Rhetoric (A-Ma-Mu: Ref PN172 .E52 2001)
European Writers (3 vol.) 68 unabridged essays (A-Ma-Mu: Ref PN501 .E9 1992)
World Literature Criticism (Gale, 8 vol.) Provides critical responses to a selection of major authors and works from 1500 to the present (A-Ma-Mu: Ref PN523 .W67 1992)
World Poets (Scribner, 3 vol.) Articles on 107 poets from around the world, includes lists of works (A-Ma-Mu: Ref PN1021 .W67 2000)
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations (16th ed.) (A-Ma-Mu: Ref PN6081 .B27 1992)
The Oxford Dictionary of Twentieth Century Quotations (A-Ma-Mu: Ref PN6080 .O955 1999)
The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare Encyclopedia volume with variety of information featuring extensive entries for each play (A-Ma-Mu: Ref PR2892 .O94 2001)
The Oxford Companion to African American Literature (Mu: Ref PS153 .N5 O96 1997)
British Writers (3 vol.) Provides biographical information and list of works for selected authors (includes critical commentary on major works) (A-Ma-Mu: Ref PR19 .B58 1997)
World Literature and Its Times: Profiles of Notable Literary Works and the Historical Events that Influenced Them (4 vol.) Provides contextual information for both fiction and non-fiction works. (A-Ma-Mu: Ref PR25 .M671 2001)
American Writers (3 vol.) Provides biographical information and list of works for selected authors (includes critical commentary on major works) (A-Ma-Mu: Ref PS129 .A58 1998)
CDALB (Concise Dictionary of American Literary Biography) (Gale, 6 vol.) The six volumes cover these time periods: 1640-1865, 1865-1917, 1917-1929, 1929-1941, 1941-1968, and 1968-1988 (Mu: Ref PS225 .N42 1987)
Encyclopedia of American Poetry (A-Ma-Mu: Ref PS323.5 .E53 2001)
Facts on File Companion to the American Short Story (A-Ma-Mu: Ref PS374 .S5F33 2000)


Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

See Credo Reference for dictionaries and reference books available online. (For examples, see left column.)

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