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Getting Background Information on a Work or Literary Movement

You've just been assigned to teach George Orwell's 1984 and it's been quite a while since you've read it!

Use the sources below to quickly familiarize yourself with a work of literature,its themes, and criticism. Many public libraries may also have these titles in print or online. Just ask at the reference desk!

Finding Historical and Social Context for Works

Use subject-specific encyclopedias to quickly identify the historical and social context of a novel. Below is a selection.