Reference sources can help you find information about writers, provide historical and cultural context for the works you are reading, and give you overviews of literary theory.
Scholarly (Academic) Sources
Multi-Search is a combined search of around 130 GALILEO databases with strong interdisciplinary coverage of articles and books. Use the filters to limit to academic journals, online only, etc. If you are getting too many irrelevant results from Multi-Search, try searching a more focused database such as the MLA International Bibliography which covers only literary criticism and language studies.
ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global has doctoral dissertations and some master's theses s. UGA theses and dissertations written between 1999-2018 are generally not in ProQuest; they can be found in the Electronic Theses and Dissertations database. There is a project underway to add UGA to ProQuest.
Database Search Tips
U.S. Newspaper Databases including Historical Newspapers Online with New York Times back to 1851 as well as the Atlanta Constitution, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Christian Science Monitor.
GIL-Find: GIL-Find is the UGA Libraries' catalog for locating books, ebooks, and media in the Main Library, Science Library, and Special Collections.
Films: GIL-Find will list DVDs you can check out from the basement Media Department as well as streaming documentaries and films from the Films on Demand database. Kanopy is another database with streaming films.
Google Books and HathiTrust: Although not traditional library catalogs, Google Books and HathiTrust digitize book collections in a number of major university libraries. Both are useful in mining the contents of books on library shelves. Some of the books are out of copyright and may be read online. Others are still within copyright and can only be viewed in snippets, but you can still search for keywords within them then find the actual book searching GIL-Find.