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English : Literature : Getting Started

SF State Library research guide to library resources for literature and literary criticism.

Create a Library PIN

SF State students, faculty, and staff must create a Library PIN in order to use "SF State only" databases, like Literature Online (LION) and MLA International Bibliography, when off-campus.

Library Research Tutorials

 The following online tutorials provide a basic introduction to library research and resources at the SFSU Library.


Intro to College Level Research
An overview of college research, including the web and library resources.


Creating a Research Strategy
How to turn your topic into a search that will WORK!


Locating Information
Learn about the library research resources you will need to use for your assignments, and some advice on how to search them.


Evaluating Information
How to evaluate the information you locate, including the difference between scholarly and non-scholarly sources.

Citations & Their Formats
Why and how to format your citations in APA and MLA style.