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Get Topics for Literature Papers

Easy ways to get ideas for topics for your paper or presentation.

Can't Think of a Topic?

TipOnce you have an assignment choosing a topic is the first basic step in the research process, but sometimes you can get stumped about what topic to choose. If you're having a hard time coming up with a topic, you can actually get ideas from the databases on this page. Plus you'll already have sources available right from the database! 

Also consider

  • Make sure your topic meets the guidelines set by your instructor. The easiest way to do this is to have your assignment with you when you choose your topic. It can be helpful to highlight key requirements so you can stay focused.
  • Choose a topic that is of interest to you. You will be spending quite a bit of time doing research and writing your paper--interest in the topic can make the process much easier.
  • If there are any doubts, consult with your instructor.

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Student Resources in Context

Get ideas for literature papers by selecting on View All on the Literature and the Arts box on the home page. Once you've selected a topic, you'll find a variety of sources on your topic, including featured content, plot summaries, academic journal articles, critical essays and more.

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Literary Reference Center

In Literary Reference Center you can browse a list of the most studied works. This can be handy if you are trying to choose a topic for your paper, because there are many works about which not much has been written. If you find a work listed here, you'll probably be able to find enough for your paper.

When browsing most studied works, you can browse by:

  • Title (default)
  • Genre
  • Locale

1. To get started click the Most Studied Works link in the Browse box.

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2. Browse by title, genre or locale by selecting the tab and either typing in what you want, or if you are not yet sure, just scroll down the list to see what is available.

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3. Once you click on your work you'll retrieve a page that has links to plot summaries, Literary criticism, in many cases the full text classic, and more about the work.