First Year English Workshop
Legacy of the Mediterranean
Library Research, Part II
Professor Shelly Fredman
Librarian Jenna...
Databases: an Introduction
What
• Articles
• Book chapters
• Dissertations
• Proceedings
What what
• Citations
• Abstracts...
Literary, critical, or
close reading
• Include name of text or
author in search
• Add terms to explore an
aspect of the te...
MLA
• Literary criticism
• eLink
• Clues:
• Articles & chapters vs. proceedings &
dissertations
• Your age or younger
• Ci...
Historical
• Include words or phrases
important to historical
context
– date-specific (16th or
sixteenth century)
– Era-sp...
Historical Abstracts
• Historical period
• Truncation *
• Limits: date, subject, book reviews
Theoretical
• Include words or phrases
related to your theorist or
lens
– Select discipline specific
databases (e.g., gend...
Find Articles
• Theory
• Facets
• Limits
How to choose?
• Author and publisher's perspectives/point of
view.
• Relevance to your research
• Currency of scholarship...
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    1. 1. First Year English Workshop Legacy of the Mediterranean Library Research, Part II Professor Shelly Fredman Librarian Jenna Freedman October 15, 2013
    2. 2. Databases: an Introduction What • Articles • Book chapters • Dissertations • Proceedings What what • Citations • Abstracts • Html full text • Pdf of article Why • Secondary sources • Literature review • Current awareness • Shorter, more focused works (than books) • Multiple simultaneous users
    3. 3. Literary, critical, or close reading • Include name of text or author in search • Add terms to explore an aspect of the text that interests you • E.g., characters, themes, places, etc. 3 Image from ManageWP blog post by Tom Ewer
    4. 4. MLA • Literary criticism • eLink • Clues: • Articles & chapters vs. proceedings & dissertations • Your age or younger • Citations & cited by
    5. 5. Historical • Include words or phrases important to historical context – date-specific (16th or sixteenth century) – Era-specific (Elizabethan) – Geographical (England) • Do not include text title or author 5 Image from Wikimedia Commons: Exponate im hauseigenen Museum
    6. 6. Historical Abstracts • Historical period • Truncation * • Limits: date, subject, book reviews
    7. 7. Theoretical • Include words or phrases related to your theorist or lens – Select discipline specific databases (e.g., gender studies, philosophy, psychology, etc.) – Use theorist's name or philosophy in search term in interdisciplinary database – Consider reference sources • You may or may not include text title or author 7 Public domain image Rorschach1WithMarksCrop from Wikimedia Commons
    8. 8. Find Articles • Theory • Facets • Limits
    9. 9. How to choose? • Author and publisher's perspectives/point of view. • Relevance to your research • Currency of scholarship • Sources cited by this source (look in the bibliography) • Sources citing this source (Google Scholar is an easy, though imprecise way to check)
    10. 10. Remember
    11. 11. Your Personal Librarian
    12. 12. Feedback form (again!)

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