Reference materials are an excellent way to gather background information on your subject areas and to acquaint yourself with a particular topic. Click on the links below to discover some of the reference materials available relating to American, Canadian, and First Nations Literature
Language dictionaries and encyclopedias are a great resource to use in order to familiarize yourself with general subject terms or to gain a better understanding of a term's meaning and proper use.
Handbook is just another name for guide. Each of these handbooks serves as a brief and easy-to-use guide to various literatures, containing entries on writers, literary theories, literary movements and more.
The titles below represent a selection of the American, Canadian, and First Nations Literature-related handbooks in the Library. You can search for more in the Library Catalogue.
Literary theory can be challenging to grasp, but there are many guides to theory available in the Library. The books listed below are a selection of works that can give you a general overview of literary theory; for more theory guides, and for in-depth works on specific literary theory areas (Feminist theory, Marxist theory, Postmodernism, etc.), please visit the Library catalog.
For more in-depth information on American, Canadian, and First Nations authors, check out these guides. We also have many guides, handbooks and companions to specific authors, as well as many author biographies. To find these resources, search the library catalog for the author you would like to learn more about.