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ENGL 786: Introduction To Graduate Study: Reference Resources

Research Design and Writing

Reference Resources

The Very Short Introduction Series from Oxford University Press (various print and ebook copies)

Very Short Introductions is a book series published by the Oxford University Press. The books are concise introductions to particular subjects, intended for a general audience but written by experts. Most are under 200 pages long.

Cambridge Companions (online)

A series of authoritative guides, written by leading experts, offering accessible introductions to major writers, artists, philosophers, topics, and periods.

The Year's Work in English Studies from Oxford University Press (online) and The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory from Oxford University Press (online)

These publications provide comprehensive summaries and analyses of the most important developments, research findings, and trends in a specific field of study over the course of a year.

UNC Writing Center

Library Data Services

Library Data Services cater to researchers interested in working with data, mapping, texts, visualization, and technology. Many of these services are available online. Davis Library Data Services, located on the second floor of Davis Library, offers:

  • A computing lab with specialized software for GIS and data visualization & analysis.
  • Walk-in assistance provided by knowledgeable student consultants during set hours
  • Consultations with specialists for more in-depth inquiries (by appointment).
  • Spaces for collaboration and presentation, complete with white boards and external displays.
  • Technology workshops focused on working with data (manipulation, visualization, mapping).