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_English Literature Classes - Waterbury — Getting Started

This Library Guide supports upper level literature at the Waterbury campus.

English Literature Classes - Waterbury

Getting Started

Refer to the Library's catalog and  databases to find scholarly articles, books, and book chapters about literary works. Key databases for English classes are noted below. When beginning research, try various keyword searches such as: 

  • T.S. Eliot  and interpretation
  • Prufrock and criticism
  • isolation and t.s. eliot

Terms to Know

 Seminal works, also known as pivotal or landmark studies, will refer to ...

  • writing that stimulates the work of other scholars in the field
  • citations that appear repeatedly in the writing of others 
  • works that typically go back at least a decade
  • works that are referred to as "influential" or "groundbreaking" in scholarly, peer-reviewed sources

Note how many times the seminal work The Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination by Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar is noted to be cited  on Google Scholar: Google scholar the mad woman in the attic


  • Peer reviewed material appear in academic journals are evaluated by scholars in the field. 
  • The focus of such articles is relevance to the field. You'll find options to filter/refine database results to only display peer reviewed /scholarly articles.
  • It's also important to determine what type of scholarly journal it iis.  If you are writing an English paper, you may want to avoid  other disciplines.  Note "publication details"  to learn about the  journal title.