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ENG 371: Special Topics in Multicultural Literature
Dr. Gay

Reference Sources | Journal Articles | Books | World Wide Web | Citing Your Sources
Your Comments

The purpose of this course research guide is to acquaint you with some of the resources in the University Library and on the World Wide Web that are useful for doing research on your topic. Should you have questions, stop by the Reference Desk on the first floor. You may also call the Reference Desk at (334) 229-4110 during the hours the Library is open.

Reference Sources

Sources in the Library's Reference collection and similar sources online are an excellent starting point. Check the online sources listed here. If you don't find what you need, ask at the Main Reference Desk on the first floor for assistance with finding others.

  • Books on Shakespeare
    Main Reference: PR 2753 - PR 3091
  • Literature Resource Center (ASU)
  • Scribner Writers Series (ASU)
  • Chronology of Culture: A Chronology of Literature, Dramatic Arts, Music, Architecture, Three-Dimensional Art, and Visual Arts from 3000 B.C. to the Present
    Main Reference: NX 447.5 .P38 1984
  • Chronicle of the World
    Main Reference: D 11 .C56 1996
  • Encyclopedia of World History
    Main Reference: D 21 .E53 2000

Journal Articles

The best method for finding articles is to use one of the Library's online article databases. These are easily accessible in the residence halls and off campus by clicking on the database name and typing in the information requested. If you need additional assistance with accessing the databases, contact Cedric Davis at (334) 229-6998.

Not all of our databases provide access to the entire text of articles. If the text of an article is not available in a database, consult the following sources:

  • Serials Solutions (ASU) - Is the article available in another online database?
  • HORNetCat - Is it available in the Serials Department on the Library's third floor?
  • Interlibrary Loan - Order those articles not available in the Library or via a full-text database.

Literature Databases

History Databases

Other Databases


Search for books on Shakespeare, his works, later adaptations, and historical events in these sources. They include books housed in the Library and others that are accessible online.

World Wide Web

The World Wide Web is an outstanding but often bewildering source of information. Not everything you find will be authoritative, accurate, and valid. Try searching one of these databases to find more reliable Web sites.

Citing Your Sources

A copy of MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers is available at the Main Reference Desk on the first floor of the Library. You can also use Citation Machine an interactive Web tool designed to assist you with modeling cited information in the proper format.

Your Comments

Please take a few minutes to let us know what you think about this guide. Has it helped with your research? Do you have any suggestions for improving the guide? You may e-mail Marsha V. Taylor at mvtaylor or call her at
(334) 229-6839 with your comments and suggestions.

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Revised by: Marsha V. Taylor, Information Literacy Librarian
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January 24, 2005