ENG 220: World Literature I

Everest Onuoha

Milton's original 1st edition

This guide is designed to help you research World literature topics. It includes an index of scholarly sources that should be used. Included in the list are websites and search engines that will be helpful in your research. If you have any trouble finding these sources, please ask a librarian for help. Good Luck! Any comments or suggestions are welcome! (add any course specific information if needed)
  • RCC Library Home Page: Most materials found in this research guide are available at the library's home page.
  • whoag@rcc.mass.edu: Please contact me if you have any questions concerning this guide or research.



The on-line catalog provides access to the Library's collection of approximately 40,000 books, periodicals and audio-visual titles. These resources may be used to find information for assignments or general interest.
Tutorial for searching catalog and ordering books from Metro Boston Library Network (includes Boston Public Library)

Good Search Terms to use: words or phrase

Use specific title or author when searching, example 1: "Milton and literary criticism", example 2. "Paradise Lost and literary criticism". We have whole books in our collection dedicated to literary criticism of specific authors or books. You can also use a subject search such as "John Milton".

General search terms: Use time period or genre to limit your search such as:
  • "Medival literature"
  • "Renaissance literature"
  • "Classic literature"
  • John Milton
  • Geoffrey Chaucer
  • Dante
  • Plato
  • Christopher Marlowe
  • William Shakespeare

New Books

Bloom's How to Write About William Shakespeare: PR2976 .G54 2008

The Enlightenment Bible: translation, scholarship, culture: BS447 .S54 2005

The Cambridge Introduction to Skakespeare's Tragedies: PR2983 .D55 2007

Reference Books


Cambridge Guide to English Literature, Cambridge : University Press, 1932, Ref. PR83 .C224 1932-70
Masterpieces of World Literature in Digest Form, New York : Harper [1952-69]. Ref. PN44 .M3 1952
The Facts On File Companion to British Poetry, 17th and 18th Centuries, New York : Facts On File, 2008. Ref. PR1209 .F27 2008
The Facts On File Companion to British Poetry Before 1600, New York : Facts On File, 2008. Ref. PR1175 .F19 2008


Concise Dictionary of British Literary Biography, Detroit : Gale Research Co., 1991. Ref. PR19 .C64 1991 V.1-V.2
Cyclopedia of World Authors, New York : Harper [1958]. Ref. PN41 .M26 1958A
Essential Shakespeare Handbook, New York, N.Y. : DK Pub., 2004. Ref. PR2976 .D73 2004
Shakespeare A to Z : the essential reference to his plays, his poems, his life and times, and more, New York : Facts on File, c1990. Ref. PR2892 .B69 1990

Literary Criticism

A Critical History of English Literature, New York : Ronald Press Co., 1970. PR83 .D29 1970
Bloom's How to Write About William Shakespeare, by Paul Gleed, Ref. PR2976 .G54 2008
Characters of Shakespeare's Plays, [S.l.] : Kessinger Publishing, [2006?]. Ref. PR2989 .H3 2006
Critical Companion to William Shakespeare : a literary reference to his life and works, New York : Facts On File, c2005. Ref. PR2892 .B69 2005
Fifty Classic Authors, by Allison Sharrock, London, NewYork : Routledge, 2002. Ref. PA3002.Z75 S53 2002
The Critical Tradition : classic texts and contemporary trends, Boston : Bedford/St. Martin's, c2007. Ref. PN81 .C844 2007
Shakespeare for students : critical interpretations of As you like it, Hamlet, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, The merchant of Venice, A midsummer night's dream, Othello, and Romeo and Juliet, Detroit : Gale Research, c1992. Ref. PR2987 .S47 1992


Browse these paper journals and magazines in the library's first floor periodicals section for articles about World Literature.
  • We do not have any print journals specifically for World Literature, use the databases to find articles on this topic.


Access to millions of journal, magazine, newspaper and reference source articles through our research databases.

Literary Reference Center

Literary Reference Centerâ„¢ is a comprehensive database that provides users with a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. This is the best place to start.

Literature Resource Center

Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world. The optional MLA International Bibliography module adds citations for hundreds of thousands of books, articles and dissertations from 1926 to the present, linked to full text where available.

Biography Resource Center

This database contains more than 400,000 biographies on nearly 275,000 people gathered from over 90 reference sources . Good place to find information about authors.

Academic Search Premier

Provides full text for more than 3,800 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study.

Web sites

There are many good [insert topic] web sites on the internet. These web sites have been evaluated by library staff. Remember to always evaluate internet resources. To find out more about evaluating web sites, Lesley University has a very good guide.

Search Engines

Web sites


Geoffrey Chaucer

John Milton

William Shakespeare

Citing Sources: Style Guides

APA Style Tutorial
Duke Library Guide to Assembling a List of Works Cited

Laguardia Community College Library MLA and APA citation style
SourceAid- Citation Builder

Helps you build bibliographies, footnotes and more. Need to sign up for an account using your RCC email.
The Owl at Purdue: APA Formatting and Style Guide
The Owl at Purdue: MLA 2009 Formatting and Style Guide

Basic Research Help

Please click the Ask a Librarian icon if you have any questions concerning these guides, need help finding material for your research or any general questions you might have.

General Library Information

Research guide prepared on 06/03/09 by Wiliam Hoag: whoag@rcc.mass.edu
Updated on 12/21/09