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Literature (UNH Durham): Reference Sources

This guide will help you locate resources for the study of literature at UNH, including American literature, English literature, and Shakespeare.

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Contact the Reference Desk:

Phone - 603-862-1544

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Why Use Reference Sources?

Reference sources are good places to gather background information on a topic or get ideas when choosing a topic.

Background information:

  • definitions
  • specific factual information such as dates
  • overviews or summaries of topics
  • recommendations for additional sources
  • research vocabulary

Types of reference sources

  • specialized encyclopedias
  • dictionaries
  • directories
  • statistical compilations
  • handbooks
  • bibliographies

Reference Sources (Online)

Selected General Reference Sources (Print)

These are just some of the books on the Reference shelves. Stop by the Reference Desk for further help.