This guide is designed to provide you with resources that allow you to quickly choose a time period and genre of study. Once you have formulated your research question, you will move beyond these initial sources to explore your topic in-depth through scholarly sources. Once you have established your research question, you will use the OPAC (online public access catalog), online databases, and interlibrary loan to locate scholarly sources on your topic.
While close reading a text, it will be useful to look up the definition of words to further unpack meanings. In addition to these dictionaries, you might also consult physical dictionaries that are appropriate, including dictionaries of African American English or dictionaries from the original language if you are working with translations.