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Approaches for Researching Works of Literature

  1. Features of the work itself
  2. How the work fits within the author’s body of work
  3. How elements of the work conform (or not) to expectations of a genre or a form
  4. Themes contained in the work
  5. Context in which the work was written/published
  6. How readers respond to the work

Need help from a real person?

Meghan Davitt, Health Sciences Librarian, (540) 678-4351, mdavitt@su.edu
Kathy Evans, Reference & Instruction Librarian, (540) 665-5421, kevans1@su.edu
Aimee Gee, Reference & Online Learning Librarian, (540) 665-4553, agee@su.edu
Andy Kulp, Interim Director, Reference and Information Literacy Librarian, (540) 665-5444, akulp@su.edu

Background Information

Use online encyclopedias and other reference books to get an overview of your topic and start your research.