These sources provide a good beginning. Some contain general discussion or an overview. This kind of background will often suggest topics, jargon, or keywords for further research.
American Writers: A Collection of Literary Biographies
REF PS129 A55
A multi-volume set that contains essays about the lives, careers, and works of American writers.
REF PN451 C6
Published in several volumes, this source provides personal and career information for over 50,000 twentieth century authors. There is a cumulative index for all of the volumes.
REF PR737 C57 1988
Over 300 entries on dramatists writing in English.
REF PR883 C76 1986
Provides biographical information on 600 major living English language novelists with critical essays.
Dictionary of Literary Biography
REF PS243 A54
Multi-volume set with brief to extensive articles on people who have contributed to North American literature-divided by topic and genre, includes author photographs.
Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century
REF PN774 L433
4-volume set containing 1,400 articles.
Nobel Prize Winners: Literature
REF PN451 N63 1987
3-volume set with biographical information on the Nobel laureates in literature from 1901-1987.
Writers Directory 1998-2000
REF PS1 W73 1998-2000
Guide to more than 15,000 living English language writers.
African American Authors
Mexican American Authors
Detective and mystery stories
REF PL8010 A453 1997
Information and critical essays on 20th century African authors from various countries.
REF PN490 B53 1989
Over 400 biographical entries on 20th century Black writing.
REF PR9205 A52 T893 1996
Biographical and critical material included.
REF PS153 N5 O96 1997
Lives, careers, major works and articles on literary genres.
Chicano Literature: A Reference Guide
REF PS153 M4 C46 1985
Information on Mexican American writers.
REF PN466 H57 1991
Includes more than 400 authors.
Latin American Writers
REF PQ7081 A1 L37 1989
3-volumes include essays on life, work and literary contribution.
REF PQ 7081 G3613 1991
Interviews with 10 writers.
Something About the Author (SATA)
REF PN451 S65
Facts and pictures of authors and illustrators.
MYSTERY & SCIENCE FICTION
REF PR888 D4 S7 1996
Includes biographies and lists of works.
Twentieth Century Crime and Mystery Writers
REF PR888 D4 T8 1991
Includes 700 mystery writers.
Twentieth Century Science Fiction Writers
REF PS374 S35 T89
Biographies, lists of works, and critical essays.
REF PR603 C6 1980
Biographies of 800 living poets.
Contemporary Poets of the English Language
REF PR603 C6 1996
Living poets writing in English throughout world.
Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present
REF PR111 B57 1990
American Women Writers: A Critical Reference Guide from Colonial Times to the Present
REF PS147 A4
5-volume set with essays on women writers.
Oxford Companion to Women’s Writing in the United States
REF PS 147 O94 1995
Articles are usually identified by using online research databases or printed indexes. Printed indexes are helpful for older material. Journal, magazine, and newspaper articles can supply the latest information on a topic and often contain details not available elsewhere.
· EBSCOhost provides access to several databases including magazine, journal and newspaper articles. For a guide on how to search EBSCOhost, go to Using EBSCOhost at http://www.palomar.edu/library/OnlineDatabases/ebsco.htm
· Gale Literature Resource Center http://prozy.palomar.edu/login?url=http://infotrac.galegroup.com/itweb/cclc_palomar?db=LitRC Biographies, bibliographies and critical analysis of literary authors from every period and discipline. Its resources cover more than 90,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalists and other writers, with additional in-depth coverage of 2,500 of the most-studied authors
AI3 .H85 (Index Tables, 2nd Floor Reference)
Search Strategies - Use a directory, subject portal, or search engine to focus
your Internet search. In addition to those listed below, find more information
sites on the Palomar
· Literary Authors http://www.palomar.edu/library/subjects/authors.htm
Information on Citation Styles – In order to create a bibliography for your research paper, you will need to follow the rules of a specific style. For a list of styles and information on how to use them, go to http://www.palomar.edu/library/ResearchAids/SubjectGuides/WritingStyles.htm.
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