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Library resources to assist in research for Gothic Literature


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Gothic/gothic novel: "modern-day goth subculture has its roots in gothic literature....[gothic novel] prose fiction [is] characterized by an atmosphere of terror, mystery, and gloominess. 'Gothic' has assocations of superstitions and settings like ruined castles or monasteries. Gothic novels normally contain supernatural goings-on in a dark, desolate landscape. It is an early form of the ghost or horror story, and was popular in Europe around the period 1760-1820." Auger, Peter. The Anthem Dictionary of Literary Terms and Theory. Anthem Press, 2010, p. 127.

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Types of Resources

There are several types of information available to students through the ACC libraries, both in print form and electronically. Details provided on the different types of resources are listed below:

Books You can find a wealth of resources in the library's book collection. A book can provide detailed background information on a topic.
Reference Books Encyclopedias, atlases, dictionaries, etc. are considered reference sources. Access these types of resources when you need to find definitions, biographies, overviews, and historical information.
Articles Articles can be found in journals, magazines, or newspapers.  Articles can vary in scope, but usually fall into one of two categories: scholarly and popular.     
Web Sites The internet can provide a wealth of information, especially from government sources and professional organizations. Be sure to carefully evaluate the information found here.

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