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Victorian Literature: Getting Started

Welcome to the Victorian Literature Guide

This guide connects you to resources to help you find literary research for the Victorian period. Use the tabs above to find books, articles, primary sources, and other materials.

Have an assignment and don't know where to start? The Guide to the Research Process will walk you through the basics, step by step.  Still have questions?  Just ask us, as we're glad to help.

Queen Victoria, 1819-1901

Queen Victoria, 1819-1901, by Bassano, 1882. Glass copy negative, half-plate. National Portrait Gallery, London: NPG x95802

Getting Started with your Research

Some tips to get you started:

  • Understand your assignment.  What kind of information do you need?  Peer-reviewed journal articles, literary criticism, biographical information?
  • Know your deadlines.  It is so much easier to do your research early so that you will have plenty of time to write your paper.
  • Develop your topic.  Narrowing your broad idea to a specific question you want to research will save you much time and effort.
  • Brainstorm keywords.  Think about keywords related to each aspect of your topic to help in searching.

If you run into any trouble at any point in your research process, you can always Ask Us for help. 

Another advantage to starting your research early: you can schedule a consultation with a librarian. Librarians are here to help you navigate the many resources available to you, and a consultation is a great opportunity to make sure you are looking in the right places. Librarians are glad to help!

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