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21L.003: Reading Fiction: Background Information

Research guide for 21L003: Reading Fiction.

Literary Online Reference Material - All Texts

The following links will take you to excellent sources of background information on the literary references you find in A Mercy and Frankenstein. Some tips:

  1. Start with the first 2 sources I've listed, Gale Literature Resource Center and LION. It is likely that they will contain more detailed information than what you will find in the other sources.
  2. Start with a search that combines the author's name with the work. Use the word "and" to separate the author's name from the work, and put the title of the work in quotation marks if it's more than one word. So for example:
  • Morrison and Mercy (you can try "A Mercy," but most search engines ignore "a," "the," etc.)
  • Shelley and Frankenstein

Note: The word "and" differentiates between the concepts, while the quotation marks tells the database that you want that exact phrase.

Online Reference Material - A Mercy

The following links will take you to excellent sources of background information on the non-literary references you find in A Mercy. For literary critcism, please see the links in the box above.

The first set of resources are more specialized in terms of what they cover.

The next set of resources are more general, and cover more topics (although often in only general terms).

Online Reference Material - Frankenstein

The following links will take you to excellent sources of background information on the non-literary references you find in Frankenstein. For literary criticism, please see the links in the box above.

The first set of resources are more specialized in terms of what they cover.

The next set of resources are more general, and cover more topics (although often in only general terms).

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