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  1. 1. English 2P69: ContemporaryAmerican Prose Justine Cotton, English Liaison Librarian
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Taking a research topic into library resources </li></ul><ul><li>Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature </li></ul><ul><li>Subject Searching in the Library Catalogue </li></ul><ul><li>Databases </li></ul><ul><li>Citing Sources </li></ul>
  3. 3. Getting Started Author Vladimir Nabokov's researched materials on file cards for his book 'Lolita'.
  4. 4. Building your Search <ul><li>Topic: How do any of the novels ask us to reconsider the meaning of a socially acceptable and “moral” love relationship? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the relevant keywords? </li></ul><ul><li>novel title (e.g. Lolita ) </li></ul><ul><li>love or romance or relationship </li></ul><ul><li>moral*, deviant, “socially acceptable” </li></ul>
  5. 5. Your search might look like this:
  6. 6. Sakai Resources
  7. 7. Background Information <ul><li>Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature </li></ul><ul><ul><li>information and further readings about authors for this course </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>limited # of users (if you can’t get in, try again in a few minutes) </li></ul></ul>overviews of literary works & authors
  8. 8. Subject Searching in the library catalogue <ul><li>Why? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>allows a more precise search for literary criticism </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>eliminates works written BY the author </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. General Databases <ul><li>cover a wide range of subjects </li></ul><ul><li>are a useful starting point for locating research articles </li></ul><ul><li>e.g. Scholars Portal E-Journals </li></ul>
  10. 10. Literature-Specific Databases <ul><li>include content only on literature topics </li></ul><ul><li>offer a more comprehensive search </li></ul><ul><li>e.g. MLA International Bibliography </li></ul>
  11. 11. Citation Tools
  12. 12. More help! <ul><li>Use the Sakai resource pages to get started </li></ul><ul><li>Visit the Help Desk in the Library </li></ul><ul><li>Contact Justine [email_address] </li></ul>