Reference Sources for Reinventing Literary History: Legacy of the Mediterranean (Spring 2016)

First-Year English Research Guides

These are examples of reference works where you can find overviews and background information on your text and topic. 

  • The print reference books listed here are located in several places in Butler Library (and one is in the Burke Library). Most Butler reference books are in rooms 301 or 310. Look for the location information in the CLIO records below, and check out the call number guide to the Butler reference collection.
  • When you come across useful words, concepts, keywords and names related to your topic, make a note of them to use in further searching.
  • Keep a careful record of where you find useful ideas or quotes.
  • Scholarly reference works like these can be cited in your paper.


Reference books
in Butler Library


Online Print




I. Reformation
John Milton, Paradise Lost


II. Enlightenment
Voltaire, Candide
Descartes, Meditations
Leibnitz, Discourse on Metaphysics



III. Romanticism
Wordsworth, Two-Part Prelude (1799)
Shelley, Frankenstein
Puccini, La Boheme



IV. Darwin, Marx and Freud
Darwin, Marx, and Freud, selected essays
Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness


V. Modernism
T. S. Eliot, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" and The Waste Land
Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse



VI. New York: The Harlem Renaissance and the Beats
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God
Hughes, Bennett, Johnson, McKay, Ginsburg, and Ferlinghetti, select poems


First-Year English Research Guides

Last updated February 26, 2016