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Working with Literature

Resources on understanding literature, literary concepts and terms, historical context, finding full text literary works, writing about literature.

Gale Literary Sources Topic & Work Overview

After you've performed a search in Gale Literary Sources, click on Topic & Work Overviews to get resources that can help you understand your author's work or works.

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Literary Reference Center Plot Summaries

Plot summaries can be very helpful in helping you understand the work. In Literary Reference Center you can browse a list of the most studied authors or most studied works. 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. If your work is not there, look under All Works under the same Browse list on the home page.

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Featured Books & eBooks

Go to A-Z Databases: Books & eBooks to search for more eBooks. Must access on campus or login with your COM account for off campus access.

Want more on finding books or eBooks? Try our How to Use Books & eBooks guides.

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