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Engl 301: Spring 2012


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Basic slides for information literacy session for ENGL 301 - Critical Methods in the Study of Literature, University of Maryland Libraries, Spring 2012. Tim Hackman, Librarian for English and Linguistics

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Engl 301: Spring 2012

  1. 1. ENGL 301: Critical Methods in the Study of Literature Tim Hackman Librarian for English & Linguistics / 301-314-8521
  2. 2. Finding Criticism in Books
  3. 3. Your professor has recommended the following book for your research: Demons of the Body and Mind: Essays on Disability in Gothic Literature. Ruth Bienstock Anolik, ed. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co., 2010
  4. 4. Demons of the Body and Mind: Essays on Disability in Gothic Literature • Do the UM Libraries own this book? • If so, in what library and section is it located? • What is the call number? • Is it available, or is it checked out?
  5. 5. Demons of the Body and Mind: Essays on Disability in Gothic Literature • What is the first subject heading listed for this book? • How many other books in our catalog have the same subject heading?
  6. 6. Library of Congress Subject Headings Morrison, Toni – Criticism and Interpretation • How many books are in the UM Libraries catalog with this subject heading? • What is the title of one of these books published in 2011?
  7. 7. Library of Congress Subject Headings More useful headings: • Criticism and Interpretation • Bibliography • Biography • Characters • Correspondence • Interviews • Political and Social Views
  8. 8. Finding Criticism in Journals
  9. 9. MLA International Bibliography • Literary criticism, language, linguistics, rhetoric & folklore • Multiple countries, languages • Books, book chapters, journal articles, dissertations, conference proceedings, etc. • 1920 to present
  10. 10. MLA International Bibliography • Search for items related to transnationalism AND African or African American literature • What search terms did you use? • How many results did you get? • What types of items did you find?
  11. 11. MLA International Bibliography • What are 3 ways you could narrow this search? • What are 3 more subject terms that would be useful for this research topic?
  12. 12. Thank You Tim HackmanLibrarian for English & Linguistics 301-314-8521