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ENGS 005G: What is Literature? - Grosvenor (Fall 2017)

reference books devoted to history and culture

Handbooks and Companions - Historical Context

Companions and handbooks are excellent sources to find an overview of a topic, an explanation of unfamiliar terms, or brief factual information on authors, plots, genres, etc.

Encyclopedias - Historical & Social Contexts

Collections of Encyclopedias & Companions & Dictionaries - All Subjects

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.