Books can give you an overview of your topic. You do not necessarily have to read the entire book, just enough to support your assignment. Many of our (print) books have a link to the table of contents or summary of the book to help you determine if it will be useful. For e-books, you can download individual chapters or entire books (depending on what ebook database you are using).
If you have a specific title or author you are looking for, use the library catalog to locate books or media (e.g. DVD's) on your topic. Books in our collections are a mix of print (paper) and electronic (e-book).
ENCYCLOPEDIAS AND HANDBOOKS
Encyclopedias and handbooks can be useful for an overview of a topic. While you would not use information from an encyclopedia or handbook in a bibliography of a research or essay paper, you can use them to get information on a topic you are not familiar with before you start your paper.
In the resources listed below, search for information on Jane Austen as a subject, her specific works, etc.