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EAS2026 Desire and Power Library Research Guide: Reference resources

This guide introduces you to the skills and resources required for effective library research for Module EAS2026

Reference resources are valuable research resources, providing an overview on a topic, a summary of background information, or a biography of an important individual.

The following resources may be useful to you on this module:

Oxford Reference Online

The Oxford Reference Online service  allows you to search and/or browse across a variety of full text reference resources. 

You can browse by Subject or Reference Type to view particular titles. Or you can add search terms or author names to the search box to search and find a range of titles.

There are general reference works such as the Oxford English Dictionary, as well as subject specific works, including literature related titles. 

Use the link below for quick access.

In the example below, a search for Shakespeare has been made and the Search Results have been narrowed by availability.

The search results will include results from all content on the Oxford Reference Online service. Limit the availability options to Unlocked and Free in order to look at all the resources to which you have full access. 


Click on a title to browse the contents or search within the work, as shown in the screenshot below from the Oxford Companion to Shakespeare.

In this title, you can access essays from renowned scholars on Shakespeare's work.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

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