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Welcome to the English Research Guide!

This guide introduces Northwestern English students and faculty to the many resources and skills necessary for performing research and writing in the discipline, as well as learning critical information literacy. This guide will highlight recommended English resources and critical skills while also providing understanding of and access to much of what the library has to offer.


Table of Contents

  • Starting - help getting started with your research project
  • Searching - best places and ways to find sources
  • Evaluating - tips for evaluating databases & sources
  • Citing - guidance in helping you cite your sources
  • Writing - resources for helping you write
  • Areas of Study - lists of resources by specialization
  • Activities - ready-made library instruction assignments


We're Here to Help!
As the English librarian, I am available to collaborate on syllabus design, provide in-class and online instruction, meet for research consultations, purchase books, and much more. In the meantime, please browse the pages of this guide and reach out to me at with any questions, comments, suggestions, or requests. Thanks!