What's in the Guide
In the library, we have no doubts that you are a great Googler, but when it comes to literature papers, we bet that part of your research journey gets a bit rocky. We have highlighted some helpful research items such as:
Finding Books: Tips for searching to obtain the items you need.
Finding Articles: Access to articles from numerous databases and websites.
Biographies: Great ways to track down information about your authors.
Reviews: Links to great perspectives on a body of work.
Special/Digital Collections: Hidden gems of the web and library.
Working Smarter: Get help on your project.
MLA: The essentials.
Library Resources vs. Google
You want to use library resources for your literature papers because:
- People who are writing about literature tend to publish in books, encyclopedias, scholarly journals -- most which aren't available for free on the web.
- Articles in scholarly journals have been edited and vetted by peers in the field.
- Articles in encyclopedias can provide good basic information, the most accepted thoughts on a subject, and lists of bibliographies.
- Using library resources is fun and easy -- try it!
Conducting literary research can take many paths. A few questions before you begin:
- What is your instructor is asking you to do -- analysis using a particular theory, a combination of approaches, original analysis, interpretation, or something else?
- What kinds of sources are required? Are any off limits?
- Do you need primary and secondary sources?