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Library Guide for Graduate Research in English Literary Studies: Research Basics

Welcome to the Library Guide for Research and Bibliography. This guide will be useful for graduate students who are new to the University of Alabama who are unfamiliar with the tools and resources that the University Libraries offers.

Interlibrary Loan

Keywords for Textual History

Use these subject keywords to find existing information on your text:

  • Text
  • Textual History
  • Textual Criticism
  • Textual Scholarship
  • Textual Editing
  • Publication History
  • Publishing History
  • Genetic Criticism
  • Editions
  • Bibliography
  • Manuscripts
  • Sources

Find information in your author's letters or journals by searching these keywords:

  • Correspondence
  • Letters
  • Journals
  • Diaries

Find reference books that may include publication information by searching these words:

  • Companion
  • Handbook
  • Dictionary
  • Encyclopedia
  • Guide

See the MLA Thesaurus for additional terms.

General Resources for Research in English Literature

As you move through this guide, you will find some really specialized tools and resources, but there will be times when you need some basic research tools. Below, I have listed some good places to start in order to familiarize yourself with your research environment.

UA Libraries Resources

MLA Guidelines for Editors of Scholarly Editions