Literary Research at Harvard

 This guide is meant to identify main ports of entry for literary research.

We know that students arrive at English department courses for many reasons and from any number of routes.  Some of you have already decided to settle here as concentrators. Some of you may be  passing through to meet a Gen Ed requirement. And still others may be stopping over long enough to pursue a personal interest -- or perhaps to view a prospect that's off your chosen academic path.

We haven't created an exhaustive itinerary for your literary travels.  We've thought broadly and generally; our goal is simply to identify a few signposts that might steer your research in interesting directions. Enjoy the adventure, wherever it leads you!


Image caption and credit: Roman de la Rose, The Lover walking near a castle (line 103), Illustration from a 15th century MS.  Folio 001v, Bodleian Library, University of Oxford.  Image available via ARTstor

Questions? Comments?

Questions about your research? Comments on this guide? Brainstorming needs? Contact either of us!

We'll work with you at any stage of the research process to help you find the materials you need.




Odile HarterOdile Harter

Research Librarian and Liaison to the Program in General Education and the Departments of English, Comparative Literature, and Romance Languages and Literature


Laura Farwell BlakeLaura Farwell Blake

Library Liaison to the English Department and Head of Services for Academic Programs, Widener Library




Guide Credits

This guide was originally created by Susan Gilroy, Librarian for Undergraduate Programs for Writing.