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English Literature


Chris Hopkins. Thinking About Texts: An Introduction to English Studies.
PR21 .H66 2001

Delia da Sousa Correa, et al. The Handbook to Literary Research. 2nd ed.
PN73 .H36 2010

Nicholas Marsh. How to Begin Studying English Literature. 4th ed.
PR33 .M37 2016

Richard Bradford, ed. Introducing Literary Studies.
PR87 .I58 1996

Wilfred L. Guerin et al. A Handbook of Critical Approaches to Literature. 6th ed.
PN81 .G8 2011


The Queen's University English Department has adopted the following as its general guide to matters of writing and citation.

Hacker, Diane. A Canadian Writer's Reference. 6th ed.
REF PE1408 .H258 2016

The following introductions and guides may also be useful:

Sylvan Barnet & Reid Gilbert. A Short Guide to Writing about Literature. 1st Cdn ed.
PE1479 .C7 B3 1997t

John Peck & Martin Coyle. Practical Criticism: The Complete Guide to Writing an Analysis of a Poem, Novel and Play.
PR57 .P425 1995t

Steven Lynn. Texts and Contexts: Writing about Literature with Critical Theory.
PE1479 .C7 L96 1998

Cite Sources

The authoritative source for citation practice in literary studies is:

MLA Handbook

  • REF LB2369 .G53
  • MLA Format   (OWL at Purdue University)

Useful resources on OWL (Dept. of English Language and Literature)

Students may occasionally be asked to use "Chicago style" for citation:

Chicago Manual of Style. 17th ed.
REF Z253 .U69 2017

For more information on citation, especially citation manager programs and electronic citation, see the Queen's Library's guides:

Citing & Citation Management and Introduction to Research Strategy: Citing Sources

For information on plagiarism, see Hacker, and also:

You Quote it, You Note It!: An interactive tutorial from Acadia University

Avoiding Plagiarism: a resource from University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Academic Integrity at Queen's