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English Guide: Researching in English

A research guide for students of English & Literature.

Need to develop your idea?

If you are just starting your research, you may need to develop your topic further. Ask yourself:

  • What do I already know?
  • What do I need to know?

As you consider these questions, take a look at a few of our reference resources for general, background information about your topic. The information you find in these resources will help you determine what you need to know, what search terms or keywords to use, an what, exactly, it is that you hope to discover through your research.

How to use this guide

This guide contains suggested resources and how-to tutorials to guide you through researching in the field of English. On this main page you'll find some databases and websites that we suggest you use for English research. If you are still developing your topic, consider finding inspiration in the resources provided in the "Need to develop your idea?" box.

Click the "How do I...?" tab at the top to access general how-to handouts and videos for using the Viterbo University library.

Have you found this guide thanks to the guidance of your English composition instructor? Select the "English Composition" tab at the top of the page for resources designed to help you succeed in your English composition class.

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