Doing Research for Literary Studies: Jane Austen
Welcome to the research guide for Literary Studies: Jane Austen. This guide has been designed to help students who are currently enrolled in English 313.
The main purpose of this research guide is to help you find online primary texts for this class. Although you can find the complete copy of some older books when using Google, this guide will point you in the direction of finding complete online texts that you otherwise would never find. The U-M Libraries subscribe to hundreds of databases, some of which can provide you with the complete digital copy of a rare older text.
Your professor has given you an assignment to find texts about the life and culture of the time the Jane Austen was alive (appro. 1770-1820). This guide will help you find the primary texts of the late 18th century and early 19th century which you will need to complete your assignment. Although the resources listed under the tab for "Primary Sources" all point to digital/online versions of older texts, you might want to consider looking at physical versions of some older items. If so, take a look at the tabs for "Searching in Mirlyn" or "Special Collections" to find these print items.
There is also a tab on this guide to help you find secondary sources related to your research. The databases listed in this guide will point you in the direction of any scholarly articles you might need along the way. If you are new to using databases, click on the tab above for Finding Databases to learn about various tips and tricks for finding information.
Should you encounter any problems when trying to access resources, or if you run into any questions along the way, please do not hesitate to contact the Women's Studies Librarian (contact info. listed to the right) to get some help. If you need immediate assistance, click on the Ask a Librarian box listed on the left-hand side to chat with a librarian.