Start for Literature Research
What type of resource do you need to use?
Books- Use the library
catalog to look up books, magazines, journals,
and audio-visual materials that are OWNED by the library. You can
search for materials by author, title, subject or keyword. Select key
words such as your author's last name or a distinct word from the title.
Ex. Frost and mending.
Reference Books as Sources-
books are like encyclopedias and actually contain
the information you seek and provide
abundance of background
material to introduce you and your reader to your literary
topic. These are usually
found under general literary subjects such as American
or, English poetry.
Reference Books with Excerpts- Some
books compile excerpts from other resources and make them
available in one place. The original source is always cited
and becomes part of your citation.
Reference Books as Indexes- Some specialized
books are indexes that contain citations to original sources.
For literary research these reference books may be the
to locate obscure information about an author's work. Indexing
sources may cite books or journal articles. Use our "publication
name search" from our indexes & databases page.
Articles in Databases- Many literature resources
are not available online. You may need to gather
citations and then locate the printed resource.
Subject Guide for call numbers, online resources
with articles, and other resources.
Language & literature subject
indexes and databases contain
literature and literary topics. Search subject indexes
as you would general indexes. You will notice that your citations
usually identify literary magazines and journals, or
with essays about literary works.
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