Reference resources are usually encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, manuals and other books that you would refer to when wanting to know a definition of a word or concept, a general overview of a topic, specific information about a certain period of time or event in history.
Provides full-text online versions of hundreds of top quality reference books in all major subjects from art to medicine, psychology to history, and technology to literature. Includes bilingual and biographical dictionaries.
Full text database providing biographical and critical essays on the lives, works, and careers of the world's most influential literary figures from all eras and genre. The award-winning Gale Literature: Dictionary of Literary Biography provides comprehensive access to the series dedicated to making literature and its creators better understood and more accessible to students and interested readers while simultaneously satisfying the standards of librarians, teachers, and scholars. The series provides reliable information on authors and their works in an easy to understand, engaging format, while placing writers in the larger perspective of literary history. Dictionary of Literary Biography includes the main series, documentary, and yearbook volumes.
Full text database providing subject specific dictionaries, encyclopedias and general reference books as well as the online version of the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. Subjects include science, history, medicine, psychology and mental health, literature, drama, film, popular culture, business, law, and more.
Using Wikipedia can be a great place to start your research. You can learn about a topic, much like you can in Credo Reference, but you can also find links to other sources. Never cite Wikipedia, but use it as a jumping off point for your research.
For example, look up the author Kate Chopin, who wrote Desire's Baby.
- you will see all of Kate Chopin's works listed. Check under the References section to see if there is an essay about Desire's Baby. There could also be a book mentioned with a link to the actual book. Use the Reference section as a jumping off point to secondary sources.
Presents a multiplicity of authors, texts and themes gathered together into one authoritative source. The key attractions are entries on writers, entries on individual works, Biblical and mythological characters and events, literary and critical terms and movements, and entries describing historical, cultural and social events.
An authoritative and international survey of world literature in English. The Guide covers everything from Old English to Contemporary Writing from all over the english-speaking world. It covers poems, novels, literary journals and plays.
Published in 1899, Kate Chopin's The Awakening refused to shy away from its progressive depictions of femininity and womanhood, defying and challenging the status quo. This informative edition explores the theme of women's issues as they relate to The Awakening, investigating topics such as independence, inequality, and identity. Readers are provided with an extensive bibliography of author Kate Chopin, a series of essays the expand upon themes of gender found within the text, and a selection of modern thought on gender and gender roles.
Esteemed critic Blanche Gelfant's brilliant companion gathers together lucid essays on major writers and themes by some of the best literary critics in the United States. Part 1 is comprised of articles on stories that share a particular theme, such as "Working Class Stories" or "Gay and Lesbian Stories," and part 2 contains more than one hundred essays on the lives and work of individual writers, including engaging pieces on promising new writers.
The Literature of War deals with a topic that goes beyond the literary perspective to provide the historical, cultural and social context of works that focus on armed conflict throughout the world and time. It highlights the realities of war, its impact on society, and how it affects our understanding of it.