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Reading Alice Walker - Fall 2014 - Warren: Find Background Information

Reading Alice Walker

The Color Purple

General Reference

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online
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Oxford English Dictionary Online
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Literary Encyclopedias and Selected Critical Works at the Woodruff Library

For More Concise Biographical Information

Dictionary of Literary Biography (1978 – present)
Reference Collection, Level 2
Robert W. Woodruff (Main) Library
Classified with subject of each volume. Long articles prepared by scholars. Each volume is cataloged separately. You may locate all the volumes in the set by looking up the series title in discoverE. An online version, along with many other sources, is available through:

Literature Resource Center Provides access to biographies, bibliographies and critical analyses of authors from every age and literary discipline. Includes articles from Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Literary Criticism, Dictionary of Literary Biography, and much more.

Biography & Geneology Master Index Indexes current, readily available reference sources, as well as the most important retrospective works that cover individuals, both living and deceased, from every field of activity and from all areas of the world.

Biography Resource Center
A database of biographical information on people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas. Combines biographies from Gale Group biographical sources such as Biography and Genealogy Master Index and nearly one million biographies from Marquis Who's Who publications. In-depth profiles, thumbnail sketches, and full-text journal articles are included.


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