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Rhode Island School of Design

LAS E350: Global Literary Modernisms

Resources for preparing your weekly presentations


Here are a few types to look out for:

Encyclopedias/Directories: These cover a broad spectrum of people/topics. You may be able to get some essential information about your writer here, and it could provide references to other works of use.

Many encyclopedias are now available online to us, either through Credo Reference or another database.


Biographies/Monographs: These will be entirely about the life and/or work of your writer.

Collections of essays: Most likely written by a variety of authors, examining themes in your writer's work. May or may not be about only your chosen writer - it could be that only one essay mentions them. For literary analysis, this can still be helpful as it places your writer within a thematic framework or scholarly canon.

Where to Look

RISD Library Catalog

  • Don't just search your author's name: try the movement, country, continent, etc.

Brown Library Catalog -- more on borrowing from Brown here / Amazon / Google Books -- Found a book we don't have locally? Request it through Interlibrary Loan and we'll borrow it from another institution on your behalf.