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LIT 494: Guide to Literary Archives (Capstone)

Selected Physical & Digital Literary Archives, Projects, and Exhibits

Reference Sources for Author Background Information

Knowing more about an author's life, publications, relationships, etc., through use of secondary sources such as biographies and reference sources can be very helpful when you are doing research in literary archives. The MSU Library has a number of literary reference databases (and databases of scholarly articles such as the MLA) that you can access as a student to find out background information for most authors writing in English.

For more databases of interest to English literature studies, see the MSU Library's subject database lists for English and History. These lists include databases of primary and secondary sources. If you want to really geek out you can read digital surrogates of the same magazines that Emily Dickson was reading reproduced in databases like the American Antiquarian Society or 19th Century American Periodicals.