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Frederick E. Berry Library and Learning Commons

ENL 455 Contemporary American Literature

What Do Reference Sources Do?

  • The following electronic and print reference sources will help you understand a work of literature, what an author's style is, and where to find additional information. 
    • They are not meant to be read cover to cover.
    • Rather, you read a chapter or two or check the meaning of a word, concept, etc.
  • Most of the print books are available to borrow.
    • Just a few are Reference titles that must be read in the Library. These are noted below the citation with "Ref" before the call number.
  • If you access the E-Books from off-campus, you will be prompted to enter your Salem State username and password. These are the same as those you use for Navigator, Canvas, and SSU Email.
    • Entering your SSU credentials tells our system that you are entitled to access the remote resources.


Gale Literature Resource Center (Library Database)

Oxford English Dictionary (OED) (Library Database)

Cambridge Companions

The Edinburgh Companions to Literature