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ENGL 432: Literature & Magic: Romance: Background Information

Why should I use tertiary sources?

You might be wondering why a English 432 student would consult subject encyclopedias and other tertiary sources. The quick answer is that it can't hurt to make sure you have a good sense of how your research question fits in with other scholarly research that has been done--and the bibliographies at the end of encyclopedia articles are an efficient way to make sure you know who the scholars are who've been working on this topic.

Remember that tertiary sources are intended to fill in gaps in your knowledge or jumpstart your research; they should not be cited as scholarly secondary sources for your project.

Literary Encyclopedias

You may find it helpful to consult these reference materials as you work through the course readings and work on your research projects. Look for the bibliographies at the end of entries to identify more scholarly sources.

Featured Resources for History & Culture

Featured Resource: Literature Compass

Literature Compass

Literature Compass publishes peer-reviewed, state-of-the-field articles from across the discipline. Review articles summarize the current scholarship on a topic and offer an analysis. They can help you identify the scholars working on your topic, recent developments, current debates, gaps in research, and also give you an idea of where the research might be headed next.

 

More survey articles:

Literary Theory & Criticism

Online Reference Collections

Need Help?

This subject guide highlights only a small portion of the many resources available to you. If you're not finding what you need, don't hesitate to contact Katy!

Katy Curtis, Humanities Librarian
email: kcurtis@pugetsound.edu
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