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Literary Criticism

A comprehensive guide to Kean University Library resources on Literary Criticism and Analysis. Provides links to both internal and external sources on World Literature.

Subject-Focused Encyclopedias

Need to select a research topic or find background information?  

The Reference Collection includes a variety of different sources, such as: subject-focused encyclopedias, handbooks, almanacs, maps/atlases, statistical compendiums, dictionaries, and more. Look here to find introductory articles on subject-related topics. The broad perspective offered by such articles often proves helpful for narrowing research topics before pursuing more in-depth information. 

This guide provides some recommendations for encyclopedias and other reference resources that might provide helpful information relating to your topic.

Recommended Subject-Focused Encyclopedias

Concordance to the Complete Poems and Plays of T.S. Eliot

Nancy Thompson Library Main Collection

Critical Survey of Long Fiction

Nancy Thompson Library Main Collection

Critical Survey of Poetry

Nancy Thompson Library Main Collection

Critical Survey of Short Fiction

Nancy Thompson Library Main Collection

Dante Encyclopedia

Electronic Resource

Encyclopedia of American Poetry

Nancy Thompson Library Reference Collection

Encyclopedia of Feminist Literature

Nancy Thompson Library Main Collection

Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics

Electronic Resource
Volumes 1-14

Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Literature

Nancy Thompson Library Main Collection

Greenwood Encyclopedia of Multiethnic American Literature

Nancy Thompson Library Main Collection

Recommended Online Reference Databases

The following databases provide access to online encyclopedias covering multidisciplinary topics. Remember, these subject encyclopedias are great sources of background information on countless topics.

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Recommended Multimedia Databases

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