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ENGL 495: Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group

This guide will help you locate resources for your capstone class on Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group.

Finding Background Information

Examples of some of the related reference books we have in the library are listed to the left. Ebooks are listed to the right.

Check out the library's catalog or our ebook collection to find more reference and background resources on your area of interest. You can also try searching for a specific topic, but often books that contain background information are broad. Remember this when choosing search terms.

Some subject terms in our ebook collection you can search by:

  • Women intellectuals--Great Britain--History--20th century
  • Literature and society--England--History--20th century
  • English Literature--20th century--History and criticism
  • Modernism (Literature)--Great Britain
  • Bloomsbury Group--Influence
  • LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
  • British Literature--20th century
  • Civilization, Modern, in literature
  • Novelists, English--20th century--Biography

Also try searching keywords related to broad concepts, such as:

  • Bloomsbury Group
  • Specific authors, such as Virginia Woolf or T. S. Eliot
  • Modernist literature
  • 20th century literature
  • English or British literature
  • Social values in literature
  • Literary modernity

If you need some more ideas, you can always talk with your professor or a librarian.

Reference Books in the Library

What are Reference Books?

Reference books are designed for accessing specific facts or information and can take many different forms, such as:

  • Indexes
  • Dictionaries
  • Encyclopedias
  • Bibliographies
  • Almanacs
  • Directories
  • Handbooks

In other words, reference books can provide you with great background information. 

Reference books at the HJF Learning Center are located in their own section on the second floor. You will know if a book is considered to be reference by its call number. All reference book call numbers begin with an "R."

Reference books may be used within the library only. They cannot be borrowed or taken out of the library. You may also copy pages or information you need from a reference book.

You can also search for reference information here: