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Nineteenth Century Literature: Welcome

guide to resources in 19th century literature

Getting Started

First, think about the requirements of your assignment. Do you have a specific topic in mind (or were you assigned one)?  Do you need to stick to scholarly sources or are some popular sources allowed?

Usually, you cannot use general encyclopedias such as the Encyclopedia Britannica or the World Book, and definitely not Wikipedia! Some instructors do allow the use of specialized literature encyclopedias, but others do not.

For literary research, primary sources, books and scholarly, peer-reviewed journals are generally acceptable.


I saw that the bride within the bridal dress had withered like the dress, and like the flowers, and had no brightness left but the brightness of her sunken eyes. I saw that the dress had been put upon the rounded figure of a young woman, and that the figure upon which it now hung loose, had shrunk to skin and bone.

Charles Dickens  Great Expectations

 This guide will help you find reliable information on Nineteenth Century Literature, in both print and online sources.  If you have any questions about researching this topic, or about STLCC Libraries, please use the contact information at right, or Ask-A-Librarian.

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