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Library research for FR 3731F - Litterature francophone d'auteurs feminis

Library research for FR 3731F - Litterature francophone d'auteurs feminis

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  • [As students arrive, have them login to the computer and ask them to stay on the library homepage] Thanks for coming to the class today. My name is Christy Sich, and I’m the French Studies Librarian. And assisting me today is my colleague, John Tyndall, who also works here in the Weldon library.


  • 1. Library Research for French Studies 3731F Christy Sich John Tyndall D.B. Weldon Library October 23, 2008
  • 2. Everything you ever wanted to know about the library…
  • 3. Learning Outcomes
    • Organize your research with a nifty web tool called RefWorks
    • Locate the French Studies library guide
    • Search the online research engines effectively
    • Request library materials beyond the library
  • 4. RefWorks Login or create an account
  • 5. RefWorks
  • 6. Refworks (2 min)
    • Sign up for a RefWorks account
    • When you receive an email – SAVE this message as it has the group code login information.
    Note: Advanced Workshops on RefWorks are held Wednesdays in October from 10:30-12:00
  • 7. Defining Your Topic (class discussion) Creating Identity through Writing in Assia Djebar’s “L’Amour, la fantasia”
  • 8. Defining Your Topic (class discussion) Creating Identity through Writing in Assia Djebar’s “L’Amour, la fantasia ”
  • 9. Defining Your Topic Creating Identity through Writing in Assia Djebar’s “L’Amour, la fantasia ” Search Terms OR AND Identity writing Djebar Fantasia self construct* L’Amour, la fantasia other discourse inscribe narrative
  • 10. Reference Tools
  • 11. Literature Criticism Online
  • 12. Literature Criticism Online
  • 13. Literature Criticism Online
  • 14. Literature Criticism Online Wow! 135 pages…off to a good start
  • 15. Literature Criticism Online Major Works Critical Reception Criticism Principal Works
  • 16. Your Turn! (4 min)
    • Navigate to Literature Criticism Online
    • Look up the author you are interested in
    • If your author is there, note how many “Principal Works” are listed
    • If you do NOT find your author listed, you can try looking him/her up in the other listed resources…
  • 17. Locating key Bibliographies
    • Locating a key bibliography will help you get started. You can find bibliographies in the library catalogue, as well as some databases.
  • 18. The Mighty MLA
    • Contains over 1.7 million records that pertain specifically to language and literature.
    • Includes publications not available on the Web.
    • Professional indexing staff and scholars
    • Materials covered come from reputable publishers in over one hundred countries.
    • Indexers use controlled vocabulary as subject headings
    • MLA Help for users: Mondays through Fridays, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at or 646 576-5053.
    Why is searching the MLA International Bibliography better than searching Google ? Source: Modern Language Association. “About the Database.&quot; 2005. September 16, 2008 <>. But contact Christy first! (that’s what they pay her for).
  • 19. Access MLA (live) If you’re not on campus, login here first
  • 20. Access MLA (live)
  • 21. Access MLA (live)
  • 22. Searching MLA (live) And change to Keywords
  • 23. Searching MLA (live)
  • 24. Searching MLA (live) This article looks good, but how do I get the fulltext?
  • 25. Accessing Articles (live) Or, you could search the library catalogue by JOURNAL TITLE
  • 26. Sending citations to RefWorks (live)
  • 27. Your Turn (8 min)
    • Create a search chart using keywords from your topic
    • Try a keyword search in MLA
    • Depending on your results, try adding or removing keywords from the search
    • Are there any appropriate DESCRIPTOR terms that you should jot down?
    • Send one or two citations to RefWorks
  • 28. Western’s Library Catalogue
  • 29. Western’s Library Catalogue
  • 30. Western’s Library Catalogue Western’s collection is really great, but what if I find a book in MLA that Western doesn’t have?
  • 31. Accessing External Collections
    • The library will track down material for you that we don’t have in our own collection
    • The service is called Interlibrary loans Service & RACER
  • 32. Accessing External Collections
  • 33. Other Research Databases
    • Repère – en français
    • Érudit – en français
    • Arts & Humanities Citation Index
    • Humanities Abstracts
    • Google Scholar
    • Library Catalogue
  • 34. Adding More Keywords Identity writing Djebar Fantasia self construct* L’Amour, la fantasia other discourse identit é inscribe moi narrative ego écrit* autre narratif récit
  • 35. Repère Search Results
  • 36. Érudit Search Results
  • 37. Great Scholars are Comprehensive Looks like I’ll have to schedule in a trip to the library for these excellent print indexes…
  • 38. Your Turn!
    • Any Questions?
    • Use the rest of class time to locate articles for your assignment