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English: Researching an Author

This guide will support English students throughout their coursework and provide useful resources on literature, poetry, drama, and more!

Researching an Author

When you research the author of your book, you may first want to take note of what information you are required to have, and what information you  may like to have in addition to that. Starting with these questions in mind before getting into the resources will help you identify which sources and which pieces of information are more valuable.

Remember, as you gather information from the sources below, to gather and keep citation information for anything you plan you use.











       - Edgar Allan Poe











         - Maya Angelou

Biographical Sources

These sources focus on the history of the person. While they will undoubtedly make mention of the literary works they published, the information from these sources will will be on their personal experience.

Literature Sources

This group of sources includes both biographical information and short descriptions of the literary works of prominent authors.