Literature Research Printed & Online
Some reference books are sources, like an encyclopedia. They
contain the information you need and are the original source for that
Some reference books are collections of excerpts that are reprinted
in one convenient place. You may find essays or reviews gathered from
books, journals, interviews, or other sources. There is usually a citation
back to the original source.
Some reference books are indexes to other books or journal articles.
They contain citations, maybe an abstract, that will lead you to another
source such as a book or journal article. The next step is to locate
the source in the library or request an interlibrary loan to borrow the
item from another library.
list) literary book sources provide background information
useful in analyzing an author's work. Sometimes there is very
on a specific work and general resources may be your only resources.
list) resources provide information based on gender,
genre, nationality, or time period. You should check the
library catalog to find what
books are available in your library. Librarians may have
to assist students in finding materials in the library.
Ask the librarian for assistance.
Databases (Online Resources)
A database is a collection of data that has been selected, organized,
and made available for searching.
Databases consists of data organized into records made
up of searchable fields and the data has been selected for its content,
quality, format or for a variety of reasons.
The library's literature subject
guide will help you with key words, call numbers, and the best databases
for literature research.