University Library & Learning Resources Center

ENG 523: Seminar in Comparative Literature
Dr. Scott

Literary Genres & Criticism: Reference Sources | Journal Articles | Dissertations | Books | Web
Historical: Reference Sources | Journal Articles | Dissertations | Books | 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 the research for your paper. 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.

 

Literary Genres & Criticism

Reference Sources

Sources in the Library's Reference collection and similar sources online are an excellent starting point for this aspect of your research. Check the online sources listed below. If you don't find what you need, ask at the Main Reference Desk on the first floor for assistance with finding additional reference books.

  • Contemporary Literary Criticism
    Main Reference: PN 771 .C59
  • Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism
    Main Reference: PN 771 .G27
  • Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism
    Main Reference: PN 761 .N5
  • Contemporary Authors
    Main Reference: Z 1224 .C6
  • Galenet Contemporary Authors (ASU)
  • Galenet Literature Resource Center - includes Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Literary Criticism, and other literature-related reference works (ASU)
  • Galenet Scribner Writers Series (ASU)

 

Journal Articles

The best method for finding journal articles is to use one of the Library's online article databases. For additional information on the databases listed below and for others, explore our list of databases. Our databases are now easily accessible off campus by clicking on the database name and typing in the required information. If you need additional assistance with accessing the databases, contact Randy Curtis (334 229-6968) or Cedric Davis (334 229-6998).

Some of the databases provide access to the entire text of articles. If the text of an article is not available in a database, check for its title in Serials Solutions to determine if the article is available in another online database. Also check HORNetCat, our online catalog, for availability of journals in the Serials Department on the third floor. You may order those not available in the Library or via a full-text database through Interlibrary Loan.

 

Dissertations

In addition to their text, dissertations include a lengthy list of sources such as books and journal articles that you'll want to explore. The database Digital Dissertations provides access to the full text of many dissertations from 1997 to the present.

 

Books

You have access to e-books (full-text books online) as well as to those books located in the Library.

 

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.

top of page

 

Historical Information

You can explore many of the same sources listed above to find historical information.

Reference Sources

  • Galenet Literature Resource Center (ASU)
  • The Chronology of World History
    Main Reference: D 11 .C48 1995
  • Chronicle of the World
    Main Reference: D 11 .C56 1996
  • 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
  • Encyclopedia of World History
    Main Reference: D 21 .E53 2000
  • Encyclopedia of World History
    Main Reference: D 21 .E53 1998

 

Journal Articles

Keep in mind that not all articles listed in the databases below are full text. You'll need to check Serials Solutions and HORNetCat for their availability in another database or on the third floor of the Library.

 

Dissertations

 

Books

 

World Wide Web

top of page

 

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.

 

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 Barbara Hightower (bhightower@alasu.edu) or call her at (334) 229-6839 with your comments and suggestions.

top of page

 


Course Research Guides | Information Literacy Program

Alabama State University | University Library & Learning Resources

Alabama State University
University Library & Learning ResourcesCenter
Authored by: Barbara Hightower, Information Literacy Librarian
All contents copyright 2003, ASU. All rights reserved.
February 26, 2003
/library/dept/infolit/courseguides/eng523scott.htm