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Literature: Getting Started

This guide supports all literature courses taught at HACC (English 201 through English 279).Examples of courses include but are not limited to:: Introduction to Literature; Major American Writers; Major English Writers; World Literature.

Useful Books

Background Information (to get you started!)

These databases are great for finding your first source! Then dig a little deeper by looking for books and journal articles using the "Books" and "Databases" tabs above.

Here are specific series' that have been particularly helpful to HACC Literature Students:


  • Literature research assignments will often require you to use "secondary sources," which provide literary criticism, interpretation, and historical context for your topic.
  • Examples of secondary sources are database (especially journal) articles and books (both print and ebooks).
  • After finding a "starter" source or two from the background databases to the left, try the links provided on the "Books" and "Databases" tabs.

Guide Creator

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Lisa Weigard
Reference/Instruction Librarian

Office phone: 717-358-2226

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