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ENG 112: Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984): Background Information

Search for resources with information about the themes presented in George Orwell's book 1984.

Reference Databases:

Search these reference databases to find background information, which can include topic overviews, encyclopedias, and more.

Search Examples:

Examples of what to type into a database search box.

  • "Big Brother"
  • "Nineteen Eighty-Four"
  • Orwellian
  • "freedom of speech"
  • "mass persuasion"
  • propaganda
  • "revisionist history"
  • revisionism AND history
  • censorship AND government
  • surveillance AND society

Read About:

Read reference articles related to some of the main themes from Orwell's 1984.

Why Background Info?

  • learn more about an unfamiliar topic
  • identify important keywords and phrases
  • narrow or expand your search
  • find other resources on your topic

What about Wikipedia?

It's OK to use Wikipedia to find keywords, names, dates, concepts, and other resources related to your topic. Just make sure that you research those keywords and resources using reputable sources.



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