This guide is designed to help the student, scholar, or thesis writer begin an in-depth literature search on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien. This guide is geared towards the English-speaking, North American user, but I have attempted to include European sources as well when I am aware of them. As this is a field friendly to independent scholars not attached to a university or college, I am addressing their information needs as well.


Drafts of this article were posted on Academia.edu as an open session for comment by the wider Tolkien scholarly community. I am also writing a version covering only selected Tolkien-specific sources for submission to Reference Reviews.



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