Background sources, also known as reference sources, include encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, directories, and other online or print "books". You might want to consult one or more of them when you're first starting your research, especially if the topic you are researching is unfamiliar to you. They can be excellent sources of factual information, concepts, theories, definitions, terminology and references to other, more in-depth, sources of information.
Find biographical-critical essays from the Dictionary of Literary Biography (DLB) series; relevant volumes include:
Twenty-First-Century Canadian Writers (Dictionary of Literary Biography v. 334)
Canadian Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers (Dictionary of Literary Biography v. 250)
Canadian Writers Before 1890 (Dictionary of Literary Biography v. 99)
Canadian Writers, 1890-1920 (Dictionary of Literary Biography v. 92)
Canadian Writers, 1920-1959 (Dictionary of Literary Biography v. 68 and v. 88)
Canadian Writers Since 1960 (Dictionary of Literary Biography v. 53 and v. 60)
The Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia web site was originally conceived and developed in 1996 by Gaetan Charlebois—theatre critic, playwright, and actor. Since October 2002, Athabasca University has hosted the web site, with an editorial board comprising members of the Canadian Association for Theatre Research. The Encyclopedia collects and disseminates information on plays, playwrights and theatre practitioners
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