Specialized encyclopedias, dictionaries and other resources are useful for obtaining background information on a topic, in addition to helping you focus your topic and identify the main concepts, terms and keywords that describe your topic.Many have helpful bibliographies that will point you to the key scholars in the field.
Check the Reference Resources found on the Canadian Literature subject guide as well as the following resources:
The Cambridge History of Canadian Literature
PS8061 .C345 2009
Profiles in Canadian Literature
Profiles in Canadian Literature is an collection of essays about various Canadian writers. Each entry describes the Canadian author in four sections: a brief essay about the writer's work; a chronology of the works; comments by the writer, and comments by other critics. At the end of each entry, a list of the author's primary works and criticisms are presented. Michael Ondaatje can be found in volume 8.