HC223 Course Research Guide

HC 223 Course Research Guide

Get help from your librarian!

This is a guide to the library and research materials you may find useful to accomplish the objectives of HC 223: Reading Cities

Background Information

The Encyclopedia of Chicago | REF KNIGHT; REF AAA F548.3.E53 2004

A New Companion to Victorian Literature and Culture | REF KNIGHT DA530.C66 2014
Victorian Culture and Society the Essential Glossary | REF KNIGHT DA550.R59 2003 

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Many of the best reference tools for literature all together and searchable at once, including The Oxford Companion to American Literature, The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature, Dictionary of Phrase & Fable, and many more. Use this to find information about authors, movements, periods, genres, theories, terms, historical context, and plot summaries.


Author Information

Contemporary Authors
Provides full text biographies for more than 120,000 modern writers in fiction, general nonfiction, poetry, journalism, drama, motion pictures, television, and other fields.


Finding Books

Social/Political/Historical Context

  • American Periodical Series
    Digitized reproductions of more than 1,100 magazines and journals published between 1740 and 1900. The publications include general-interest magazines, literary journals, children's and women's magazines, and professional journals.

  • American Popular Culture Through History series
    • 1920s | KNIGHT REFERENCE E169 .1 .D796 2004
    • 1930s | KNIGHT REFERENCE E169 .1 .Y59 2002
    • 1940s | KNIGHT REFERENCE E169 .1 .S559 2004
    • 1950s | KNIGHT REFERENCE E169 .12 .Y69 2004

  • Chronology of World History | KNIGHT REFERENCE D11 .M39 1999
    What else was happening in the world in the year your story or novel was published--in politics, science, culture, daily life? This is one-stop shopping for bite-size contextual information.

  • Los Angeles Times (1881-1986)
    The complete, digitized version of the daily newspaper, including every article, advertisement, obituary, review, and editorial.

  • New York Times (1851-2007)
    The complete, digitized version of the daily newspaper, including every article, advertisement, obituary, review, and editorial.

Literary Criticism & Articles

  • MLA International Bibliography
    The essential index for critical materials about all literatures (except classical Greek and Roman), languages, folklore and film. The database provides access to over 1.3 million entries gleaned from essay collections, dissertations, monographs and over 6,000 journals. Covers 1926-present.

SEARCH TIP: Use FindTextto locate complete articles in databases.


Finding Images

Maintained by: Jeff Staiger, jstaiger@uoregon.edu

  • ARTstor [on campus] | [off campus]
    ARTstor provides access to approximately 500,000 images of art, architectural, and cultural objects.
  • Google Images
    The most comprehensive image search on the web.
  • New York Public Library Digital Gallery
    Provides free and open access to over 685,000 images digitized from the NYPL's vast collections, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, vintage posters, rare prints, photographs and more.


Quick Citation Help

MLA Citation Guide (with examples)


Created by emp on Nov 8, 2012 Last updated Apr 15, 2015