The UCLA Library has dictionaries of all kinds, ranging from the familiar look-up-a-word type like the Oxford English Dictionary or Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary to very specialized dictionaries for particular fields. You can find these dictionaries in UC Library Search. Here is a brief list of general dictionaries for literary research.
If there is a particular dictionary you would like me to add here, let me know.
Listed below is a selection of the most recent encyclopedias included in the Research Library Reference Reading Room, along with some old standards. To find more sources in the same topic areas, open the catalog record by clicking on the link below. Then click on the Subject Heading(s) in the record.
The Charles E. Young Research Library holds a large selection of print and electronic reference resources for literary research, including encyclopedias, historical and biographical dictionaries, bibliographies, online databases, and more.
Literary scholars often need reference materials related to biographical information on authors and literary critics. You will find some of this information in the encyclopedias and dictionaries, and especially the introductory works. Don't forget to try newspapers that are contemporary to the individual in question. Also try searching in the Library Catalog for the term for categories of authors, e.g., Irish poets, twentieth-century American dramatists, South Asian writers in English.
Two key sources for literature-related biography include Contemporary Authors and the Dictionary of Literary Biography. Both of these resources are available online in Literature Resource Center.
Here are some other places to check for individuals who were not primarily known as literary figures: