Course Research Pages

LIT 150 - Introduction toLiterature

Finding Background Information and Key Terms in Online Resources

Credo Reference - Contains reference books useful for defining literary terms and movements.

Gale Virtual Reference Library - A collection of online books, good for overviews of authors and movements.

Finding Background Information and Key Terms and Theories in Books

Bowman Library Catalog - Search by keyword or subject heading to find books in the Bowman Library collection. Some sample subject headings that might be useful for this assignment are listed below.

Research Databases

Academic Search Premier - Scholarly journal articles; contains some literary criticism.

Historical New York Times - Full text of The New York Times back to 1851. Very useful for seeing how events and social movements were recorded at the time they occurred.

JSTOR - This collection of scholarly journals includes literary criticism.

Literature Resource Center - Includes criticism of works of literature, as well as articles about particular literary movements and authors.

Other Online Resources

The Crisis - Search digital editions of this journal of civil rights, politics, and culture, founded by W.E.B. Du Bois. For this assignment, you will use the issues from 1911-1935.

Google Options

Google Scholar - Looks just like Google, but searches scholarly literature only. Note that the full text is not available for all articles. If full text is not available, you may order it via Interlibrary Loan.

Google Books - Use to search for and view Ebooks on the web. Note that some books offer only a partial view. If you want the entire book, you may order it via Interlibrary Loan.


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Research Tips

These Research Guides have been prepared by librarians to assist with your research. Read more:

Evaluating Web Resources

Critically Analyzing Information Sources

Searching Electronic Resources Effectively

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Citing Your Research

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers - LB2369 .G53 2009 (Located in Library Permanent Reserves)