Focused on a certain work or author but not sure what to write about? Try the Literature Resource Center's Topic Finder tool. Just type in the name of a work or an author and you'll see some main ideas and themes that have been written about.
Here's a sample showing the search results for the author J.R.R. Tolkien.
The library also has many useful print encyclopedias and guides in the P - PT section in the Reference Room (call number starts with "Ref") or on the 3rd floor. Many of the encyclopedias are dedicated to a literary movement, genre, ethnicity, or specific author. Below are some examples of major titles.
If you're having trouble finding any of these, please feel free to ask at the Research Help desk!
A collection of 100+ reference titles available in full-text electronically. Search the entire collection, or search selected titles using "advanced search."
Britannica® Academic delivers fast and easy access to high-quality, comprehensive information. The rich combination of the venerable Encyclopædia Britannica plus Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, magazines and periodicals, and many other research tools provides the variety of reliable sources that students need to consult when conducting thorough research—all from one resource.
Excellent background and analysis of recent national and international issues in the news.
Access viewpoint articles, topic overviews, statistics, primary documents, links to websites, and full-text magazine and newspaper articles. Great for current issues research.