Library instruction for First Year English class


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Library research session for Barnard College First Year English class: Reinventing Literary History, Women & Culture. Professor Keridiana Chez, librarian Jenna Freedman.

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  • 14 students?
  • Not writing your paper and adding quotes after.
    Read primary source.
    Think about what you want to say.
    Find read what has been written and synthesize.
  • Discourse analysis
    Texts create meaning, as does your interpretation
    Solicit tropes?
    The gypsy in Wuthering Heights
    Filial duty in Lady Hyegyong
    Contagion, the other
    How a book engages, challenges, enforces existing concepts
  • Quicksearch
    Google vs. amazon vs. zappos vs. mooshoes
    Subscription databases are NOT the same as websites. Some non-sub databases, too, as those provided by libraries and other academic institutions.
    They know what's in each item (that CLIO only knows we have). Connected with e-link.
    Listings by genre/format
    A to Z, vs. subject lists
  • Paradise lost
  • Student sample?
    Wuthering heights psych* criticism
    Journal article
    Subject terms
  • Solicit topic OR
    (19th OR nineteenth) AND century AND women AND england
  • Look at tables of contents
  • Library instruction for First Year English class

    1. 1. Library Research for First Year English: Women and Culture Spring 2014 Professor Keridiana Chez Librarian Jenna Freedman
    2. 2. portal to all knowledge. resources specifically for YOU http://
    3. 3. • IM BarnardReference: AOL, Google, Yahoo • Text 386.227.6273 (386.BARNARD) we can help you
    4. 4. research the conversation among scholars
    5. 5. recontextualize & reframe •Literary/critical •Historical •Theoretical
    6. 6. CLIO - articles •articles •e-books •dissertations •statistics •other materials
    7. 7. CLIO - catalog •books, e-books, serials, media materials, microforms, etc. • Truncation & • Send to phone •Literary: add the word < criticism > to your author/title, e.g., < "wuthering heights" criticism > •Historical: indicate dates or era and add a secondary interest to narrow the field <england AND (19th OR nineteenth) AND wom*n > •Theoretical: < psych* > or < horney* theor* >
    8. 8. Zotero •Manages citations •Screen captures •Pdfs •Metadata •Generates bibliographies, most citation styles •Word processing plug-in •Sync •Groups
    9. 9. 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. 9 Image from ManageWP blog post by Tom Ewer
    10. 10. Historical •Include words or phrases important to historical context – date-specific (19th or nineteenth century) – Geographical (england) – Topical term (wom*) •Do not include text title or author 10 Image from Wikimedia Commons Joseon Chest
    11. 11. 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 11 Cover from editor's webpage.
    12. 12. read stacks Use CLIO (catalog) to find the call number for a book that interests you and find it in the stacks •A-M 3rd floor •N-Z 2nd floor lab Conduct articles searches, using Find Articles, or one of the individual databases recommended on the guide.
    13. 13. review What did you find? Is it worth using? •Relevance •Authority •Time •Scope •Audience
    14. 14. Help me review, revise & rehearse... feedback form