Note: When you start research, you need to do a literature review. Stress importance on being systematic thorough and patient in your research.
( ) are used just like in algebra: commands inside the innermost parentheses are executed first.
If the library subscribes to the electronic version of a journal, you will see the hyperlinks “View the electronic version (full-text) via…” Our full text subscriptions are usually for the current 5 years or slightly more. Click on the hyperlinked CL Current Journals to check which issues are shelved at Current Journals.
How can you tell if the source is more authoritative than another? Look out for the author's name and credentials (degrees, achievements, designations, etc.), the sources used by the author, and presence/absence of peer review (where one’s work is checked by equals (peers) to ensure it meets specific criteria before it is published).
Check with your lecturer or tutor for the citation style that you should be using. Whether you use LSA, MLA or another citation style, the key point is consistency!
In LINC, search the journal title. The citation style used for this slide is based on the Linguistic Society of America’s Language Style Sheet.
In LINC, search the book title. The citation style used for this slide is based on the Linguistic Society of America’s Language Style Sheet.
Slides 1-4 : 10 minutes
Searching & Information Sources for English Literature Research EN4271 Research Workshop 1 September 2008 Presenter: Maggie Yin, Information Services, Central Library
Your Topic Break down your topic into concepts List keywords from the concepts Construct search statement from your keywords Search for materials such as books & articles. Use LINC & databases. Check if they are relevant Locate the materials in the library Find more sources by using references in the sources you have located Do you have sufficient sources for your assignment? Complete your assignment START HERE YES NO
Use LINC to search for resources in the library’s collection, ie. books, journals, audio-visual materials, theses, etc.
Use databases when you have a topic and want to search for journal articles (or book reviews, conference proceedings, etc). Most databases provide citations & abstracts and occasionally full-text articles.
Arts & Humanities Citation Index (via Web of Science)
Project Muse (covers Humanities and Social Sciences)
Expanded Academic ASAP
Jstor (full-text articles but back issues only)
Factiva (newspaper and newswire articles)
PERIND (index database on Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei & ASEAN)
Proquest Dissertations and Theses
Database in Action #1: Literature Online Covers more than 300,000 works of English and American poetry, prose and drama. The database also includes biographies, bibliographies; articles, monographs and dissertations from the Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature; literary criticism and reference sources. For a guide on Literature Online, check out: http://lion.chadwyck.com/marketing/students/stud_contents.jsp
Database in Action #1: Literature Online Search Literature Online using this search statement: (kingship or monarchial power) AND Shakespeare
A subject index of scholarly books and articles on modern languages, literatures, folklore and linguistics, compiled by the Modern Language Association of America. Coverage includes literature from all over the world as well as works on literature transmitted orally, in print, or in audio-visual media.
Project MUSE is a unique collaboration between libraries and publishers providing 100% full-text, affordable and user-friendly online access to over 380 high quality humanities and social sciences journals from over 60 scholarly publishers.
Produced by NUS Libraries, PERIND is an index to articles relating to Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei and ASEAN (as an entity). It contains citations from more than 200 core titles of local and international journals.
The subjects covered in the database range from the humanities and social sciences to business and management, architecture, building , science, technology, law and medicine.
Check LION (Library Instruction Online) for guide to citation styles
see powerpoint notes
Interpreting References: Journal Article authors article title Ashcroft, Bill. 2007. Critical Utopias. Textual Practice 21 (3). 411- 431. year journal title volume (issue) pages see powerpoint notes
Interpreting References: Book Chapter author book chapter title Cheah, Pheng. 2008. Universal areas: Asian studies in a world of motion . In Revathi Krishnaswamy & John C. Hawley (ed.), The postcolonial and the global , 54-68. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press. year publisher book title pages editors see powerpoint notes