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Literary Criticism: Get Started

Resources for literary research.

Research Help

Need some help? Don't hesitate to contact a California College of the Arts librarian for help with research projects, accessing databses, searching the web, or any other information needs.

In Person

Our librarians are on hand on both campuses during library hours to answer your questions. Stop in and let us help!


Email a librarian at or select the Ask-A-Librarian link under Quick Links on the website.  



Meyer Library: 510.594.3658

San Francisco

Simpson Library: 415.703.9574

Reference Resources

Begin your research by seeking some general background information about your topic using reference sources. Some reference sources will be available in print at the library (see column below). Other reference resources are available electronically (see right-hand column). 

Reference books are helpful. They . . .

- offer introductory information
- explain the background of a topic
- highlight key terms
- assist with formulating a topic
- help to envision the path(s) your research can take

Print Reference Books