Finding Scholarly Sources for English ENGL 1020E Christy Sich October 16th, 2012 Huyette, Marcia. The Annotated Frankenstein. Christy’s Literary Anecdote Learning Objectives: After today’s session, you should be able to... • Develop a research topic • Evaluate sources • Choose the best research tools for your essay • Get additional help when you need it Looking at Sources Group Activity (5 min) • • • • What is it? What do you know about the author(s)? Can you tell where the author(s) get their information? Would you use this source for a paper? The Research Process Wohlpart, A. James. “A Tradition of Male Poetics: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as an Allegory of Art.” Midwest Quarterly 39, no. 3 (Spring 1998): 265:79. Turning a Topic into a Search Is the monster in Frankenstein a depiction of male creativity? Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fil e:Punch_AntiIrish_propaganda_%281882 %29_Irish_Frankenstein.jpg Constructing a Search • Identify concepts and list synonyms Frankenstein AND Shelley AND (creativity OR imagination) • Use truncation (insert * at end of root word) • Connect keywords using AND and OR Choosing the Best Resources • Find books using the Library Catalogue – look at the Tables of Contents when available • Consult Western Libraries Program Guides – Find subject-specific databases and reference tools recommended by a librarian Finding Books Popular vs Academic Journals Magazines • geared to a general, nonacademic audience • covers a wide range of popular interest topics • usually glossy with pictures and advertising • does not usually contain bibliographies and is not “refereed” • • • • • Academic Journals they contain original research or experimentation written by and for scholars or specialists further research sources are cited with footnotes or a bibliography at the end of the article they contain little, if any advertising Sometimes “refereed” or “peer reviewed” Modified from: http://library.mcmaster.ca/faq/what-a-magazine-newspopulargeneral-interest Peer Review / Referred Journals http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLGp7LC2Nbw Types of Databases Types of Bibliographic Databases Art Full Text English Program Guide • Use the English Program Guide to find resources specifically geared to literature. English Program Guide The Mighty MLA Why is searching the MLA International Bibliography better than searching Google? • Contains over 2.5 million records that pertain specifically to language and literature. • Includes publications not available on the Web. • Professional indexing staff and scholars • Materials covered come from reputable publishers in over one hundred countries. • Indexers use controlled vocabulary as subject headings = more precise searching • Each citation contains the information users need to create a bibliography. Source: Modern Language Association. “About the Database." 2005. September 16, 2008 <http://www.mla.org/publications/bibliography/howtouse_mlabiblio/about_the_database#why>. Ulrich’s • Use this database to look up information about a journal to discover whether it is peer-reviewed / refereed or not Ulrich’s Not Refereed! Ulrich’s Refereed! Should You Need More Help: Thanks for Listening!