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Comparative Literature: The Graphic Novel

This is the library guide for CompLit 393E.

Reference resources

Old books


Reference books are usually encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, atlases, etc. They are intended to provide quick, reliable information, summaries of complex matters, and, very importantly, bibliographies--suggestions for futher reading.


These reference materials are invariably written by experts in their fields, so they are more trustworthy than Wikipedia--all have gone through a process of editorial review. For an illustrated explanation, see the home page presentation, "What is a referred or scholarly article?"

Reference sources

All non-electronic reference sources are located on the Main level, Du Bois Library

The world encyclopedia of comics 7 vols. PN6710 .W6 1999 +