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Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

This guide was created for classes researching 1984 by George Orwell.

Background Information

Whenever starting a research project, it is important to have a good understanding of the topic to make a solid foundation on which your project will grow. One does this by taking the time to read background information from reference material (some are print and others are housed in databases). Make sure to understand:

  • the plot,
  • the themes,
  • the characters,
  • the setting,
  • the historical context, and
  • major concepts

Check out these links for a biography of the author, George Orwell, and an introduction to the book, Nineteen Eighty-Four:

Below are a selection of databases and eBooks that offer reference and background information.

Reference Sources

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