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Further Reading


  • Brian Richardson, MHRA Style Guide. A Handbook for Authors and Editors, third edition (London: MHRA, 2013) - available as hard copy and pdf:

How-to guides for undergraduate research and dissertation writing

  • Bryan Greetham, How to Write your Undergraduate Dissertation, 2nd edition (Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2014). Currently copies of 2009 edn available at Warwick University Libray PN146.G73.
  • Alex Osmond, Academic Writing and Grammar for Students (Los Angeles: SAGE, 2013).
  • Nicholas S. R Walliman, Your Undergraduate Dissertation: The Essential Guide for Success (Los Angeles: Sage, 2014). Warwick University Library 378.17 WAL (multiple copies)
  • Gina Wisker, The Undergraduate Research Handbook (Palgrave MacMillan, 2009). (multiple copies).

Books and other tools for a first orientation

Identify a good reference work or introduction to the specialist area you want to work in.

Here are some examples:

  • William Burgwinkle, Nicholas Hammond, and Emma Wilson (eds), The Cambridge History of French Literature (Cambridge: CUP, 2011). Also available as e-book.
  • Cambridge Companions On-Line: access this platform via the Library for handbooks on various topics related to the broad categories of "literature and classics"; "philosophy, religion and culture"; and "music". Use keyword searches to find the right one for you (e.g. the French novel; Molière; British views of the French Revolution...)! Many also contains suggestions for further reading. Off-campus access requires a Warwick login.
  • Oxford Handbooks On-Line: again access via the Library website.
  • Peter France (ed.), The New Oxford Companion to Literature in French (Oxford, 1995) – browsing through a hard copy can yield inspiration!


  • Lennard J. Davis, The Disability Studies Reader (New York: Routledge, 2013).
  • Terry Eagleton, Literary Theory: an Introduction, 2nd edn (Hoboken: J. Wiley and sons, 2011) (e-book).
  • Gary Gutting, French Philosophy in the Twentieth Century (Cambridge: CUP, 2001).
  • Christie McDonald & Susan Rubin Suleiman (eds), French global : a new approach to literary history (New York: Columbia University Press, 2010).
  • James Penney, After Queer Theory: The Limits of Sexual Politics (London: Pluto, 2014).
  • Isabelle Vanderschelden, Studying French Film (Leighton Buzzard: Auteur, 2013).

You can also perform a "subject" search in the library catalogue (e.g. "women and literature") to browse for suitable first reading materials, consult existing module reading lists, and use the publications pages of tutors with research interests similar to yours...

Take things a step further with:

  • Oxford Bibliographies: on-line research guides ("bibliographies raisonnées") developed by specialists, allowing a quick identification of key publications in a given field. Warwick offers access to "international relations", "philosophy", "political science", "renaissance and reformation", and "sociology".
  • The Year's Work in Modern Language Studies, a journal published by the Modern Humanities Research Association (MHRA), offering surveys of the main trends in a given year. Organised by area (e.g. "French Studies") and within that by period or domain (e.g. "French Studies: Film Studies" or "French Studies: Caribbean Studies"). Recent numbers available via JSTOR. Warwick login required.
  • Back issues of journals such as Italian Studies, French Studies, French History, Paragraph, ...
  • The links on the "links and resources" page
  • Systematic and targeted bibliographical searches using databases and search engins: find out more about this in the lectures and from the Subject Support pages on Warwick's Library website.