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Nineteen Eighty-Four - George Orwell

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

Below is a selection of databases that offer great reference and background information.

Gale Virtual Reference Library (Gale Cengage Learning)

Dozens of complete reference books on arts, business, education, history, law, literature, sciences, and technology, including the popular sets of Short Stories for Students, Novels for Students, and Drama for Students.

Credo Reference

Search over 650 reference books on a variety of topics in higher education, including art, business, history, languages, literature, science, criminal justice, and political science. Link to related articles from selected dataases.

Bloom's Literature (Facts on File)

Essays and criticism examining the lives of great authors and their works throughout history.

Literature Resource Center (Gale)

Full-text journal articles, critical essays, work overviews & summaries, and author biographies from authoritative sources.

These titles will give you a foundation and basic understanding of the author and work as a whole.

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The Cambridge Introduction to George Orwell

Chapters on
1. His life and context
2. His works
3. Critical reception of his works

Novels for Students. Volume 7 (eBook)

Presenting analysis, context, and crticism on commonly studied novels, incuding Orwell's 1984.

Science Fiction Writers: George Orwell (eBook)

A chapter on Orwell and his writing from Science Fiction Writers: Critical Studies of the Major Authors from the Early Nineteenth Century to the Present Day


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