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COML1109 Writing Across Cultures: Literary Insomniacs. (Fall 2017): Find Background
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A research guide fo Ruoji Tang's First-Year Writing Seminar.

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Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online.
Several volumes added each year. Detroit: Gale/Cengage.
(Online; Dictionary of Literary Biography, print version: Uris Reference PS 129 .D55)

"[B]iographical and critical essays on the lives, works, and careers of the world's most influential literary figures from all eras and genres." [Publisher]

New Dictionary of the History of Ideas.
6 volumes in the print version. New York: Charles Scribner's, 2005.
(Online; Olin Reference CB 9 .N49 2005)

The history and current understanding of major concepts and ideas, such as communism, linguistics, physics, postmodernism, deconstruction, and post-colonialism.

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Stanford, CA: Center for the Study of Language and Information, Stanford University, 1997- .
(Online only)

"...maintained and kept up-to-date by an expert or group of experts in the field. All entries and substantive updates are refereed by the members of a distinguished Editorial Board before they are made public. Consequently, our dynamic reference work maintains academic standards while evolving and adapting in response to new research." (About the Standford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)