Bailey/Howe Library subscribes to many electronic scholarly subject-specific encyclopedias, companions, and dictionaries from two publishers: Gale and Oxford University Press. In addition to searching each title individually, you may search across all the titles in each publisher's aggregated database. The library owns many, many more subject-specific print and online encyclopedias, companions, and dictionaries. Ask a librarian for help in locating these.
Put the cursor on the "Reference Sources" tab to view a list of additional tabs that point to print and online reference sources on literature-related topics, owned by the Bailey/Howe Library.
Note: These are considered "tertiary sources," materials in which the information from secondary sources has been "digested," (put it into a convenient, easy-to-read form). They rarely contain original material.