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Historical & Cultural Context
the circumstances that form the setting for an event, statement, or idea, and in terms of which it can be fully understood and assessed.
Researching literature in context:
It is important to look for scholarly secondary sources describing the culture/history of the time period you are reading about, so...
Decide what it is that you want to investigate
Create a list of keywords relating to that question/topic
Arrange your keywords to search in Primo & find a broad selection of sources
Use History & English Subject Guides to search historical/cultural context on a deeper level & find articles in subject-specific databases
Know what kind of information you will find in your sources (Some kinds of sources may need to be left out)
Remember research is a process!
In the end, you may not use all the sources you've looked at, and that's OKAY! You want to choose the sources that BEST help inform your understanding of the topic you chose.
Literary Criticism Online
Includes content from the print sets of Nineteenth-Century, Twentieth-Century, and Contemporary Criticism from 1971-2011. This is an extensive collection of scholarly and popular commentary from broadsheets, pamphlets, encyclopedias, books and periodicals.
MLA International Bibliography with Full Text
Covers literature, languages, linguistics, and folklore from 4,400 journals and series worldwide. Coverage from 1926 to the present.
A catalog of over 110,000,000 bibliographic records held by thousands of libraries.
Covers hundreds of national and international newspapers, as well as television & radio news transcripts.
Comprehensive news, business, and legal information, entirely full-text.