Getting Started

The English Subject Guide is a launch pad for scholarly research in the field of English Literature.  Here you will find tips for searching the web more effectively along with annotated lists of primary and secondary source materials available in the Brown Library and online.

The site is built and maintained by Jean Bauer, the English Subject Librarian and Digital Humanities Librarian at Brown.  Jean is available for research consultations and research instruction class sessions and is always happy to discuss Digital Humanities projects.

This site is a work in progress, so feel free to leave comments on the individual pages or email Jean with suggestions.
  • Google Tips and Tricks: Google's guide to using their search engine effectively. Includes boolean searching, wild cards, and more.
  • Wikipedia Responsibly: Student Wikipedia Use Policy from the University of California Santa Barbara. Describes Wikipedia's strengths and weaknesses.  Discusses version history for citations.
  • Primary vs. Secondary Sources: A helpful guide from the University of California Santa Cruz, University Library.
  • Peer Review: An excellent overview of the process of peer review, its benefits, and its shortcomings.  Written by the Linux Information Project.
  • WorldCat Explained: About page for WorldCat, the premier federated library catalog.
  • Brown's NEW Library Search Tool: About page for the new unified search tool.  Learn how to query JOSIAH and subscription databases at the same time.
  • Google Scholar: Google Scholar uses the Google search engine to search specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports. Google Scholar results now include links to Brown University Library resources. These links will appear automatically if you search from an on-campus computer or use the link above; otherwise, off-campus you must go to "Scholar Preferences" and search for "Brown". For further information see Google Scholar FAQ.