I am Britt McGowan, the librarian for the English Dept. This guide is to help you find resources for your Intro to Lit class.
Though most of you will not become English majors, you may find the skills you use to research in this class apply to other classes. So, consider this an intro into using discipline-specific resources. While you may be used to using OneSearch (our database that searches multiple databases at once) and our Catalog (to find books), you may find subject databases are a "new animal" altogether. I hope this guide helps you.
If you need more assistance, however, I am available for a chat, email question, phone call, or an appt. My contact info is on the left. Don't hesitate to use it! :)
1. Search the author's name as an anywhere/keyword search.
2. If the work you are researching is famous and well-known, add the title of the novel, short story, or poem.
3. Narrow your search.
4. Think beyond your work.
5. BROWSE BOOKS!
You may not find a book or article that is directly about a poem or short story or one that directly supports your thesis statement. THAT IS OKAY! You may apply what an article or book says about another of the authors' works to your work (if it relates) or find a broader article about your theme, e.g. feminism in literature. Or, perhaps a portion of the article has to do with your thesis statement.