Literary Research Guide

Sixth Edition

  • Author: James L. Harner
  • Published: 2014

“Animatedly, energetically, enthusiastically, and vigorously recommended . . . it should serve as a model for bringing a printed reference online.”

Library Journal

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. Subscribers can purchase monthly or yearly access to the site.

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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