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Literature and Literary Criticism Research Guide

A guide to resources for the study of English literature


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Hannah Menendez
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Primary sources (not to be confused with your primary text, or the book/story/poem you are principally analyzing) can be helpful when studying a text from an earlier time period to provide context for your analysis. This could include other literary texts, pamphlets, newspapers, maps, and advertisements. Refer to our Guide to Understanding Primary Sources for more information.

Here are a few databases that might be useful for finding primary sources:


Eighteenth Century Primary Sources:


Nineteenth Century Primary Sources:

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