If you're having a hard time getting ideas for your paper topic or you need to look up basic information about a particular area of English, try looking at one of the reference works listed below.
Dictionaries and encyclopedias provide concise, detailed, scholarly descriptions theories, issues, methods, and more. Use them for background information and to find effective search terms for online databases.
The works on this page are general in nature. For more specialized encyclopedias, reference works, and websites, see the following topic pages:
Print reference books can be found in the Reference Section, near the Learning Commons on the first level of the library.