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Literary Research Guide
An Annotated Listing of Reference Sources in English Literary Studies
Sixth Edition

Author(s): James L. Harner

Published: 2014

“Animatedly, energetically, enthusiastically, and vigorously recommended . . . it should serve as a model for bringing a printed reference online.”
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The new, sixth edition of James L. Harner’s Literary Research Guide is available in a searchable online format for libraries, as well as for individuals.

Updated regularly, the Literary Research Guide is a selective, annotated guide to reference sources essential to the study of British literature, literatures of the United States, other literatures in English, and related topics.

The annotations for each work
  • describe its type, scope, major limitations, and organization
  • evaluate coverage, organization, and accuracy
  • explain its uses in research
  • note related works, including ones not accorded separate entries in the Guide
The sixth edition of the Literary Research Guide contains over 1,000 entries, which refer to more than 1,600 additional resources and cite over 700 reviews. The Guide also shows how scholars identify and locate primary and secondary works. Entries can be looked up in WorldCat and Google Books, and the Guide offers flexible search options.

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