A research guide for undergraduate students : English and American literature /
Nancy L. Baker.
3rd ed.
New York : Modern Language Association of America, c1989.
60, [1] p.
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New York : Modern Language Association of America, c1989.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 51-[61]).
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Changes from the fourth edition (1995) of this handy undergraduate research guide reflect the increased use of technology in today's academic libraries. An asset is the even coverage of print and electronic sources, and the authors note the value of each. Baker (Univ. of Iowa) and Huling (Univ. of Washington), both librarians, go beyond searching to explain how to evaluate the relevance and usefulness of information. They suggest strategies for sifting the wealth of information on popular authors like Dickinson and Shakespeare, while offering suggestions to students who find too little information about less-studied authors. The guide covers the use of roughly 50 research tools, providing images of sample searches and entries. Individual chapters cover library reference staples: online library catalogs, electronic and print indexes, biographical sources, quotation finders, and primary source locators. The annotated bibliography will also be useful. While no substitute for James Harner's Literary Research Guide (3rd ed., CH, Jan'99), this title holds place in the undergraduate reference canon alongside MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (4th ed, Oct'95). It belongs in every undergraduate library and in the hands of students writing research papers on American or English literature. J. Vance Morehead State University
Table of Contents
Preface to the Fifth Editionp. vii
Introduction: The Research Processp. 1
Conducting Research in an Electronic Environmentp. 3
Searching for Booksp. 9
Checking Your Library's Catalogp. 9
Moving beyond Your Library's Catalogp. 21
Searching for Articlesp. 33
Finding Book Reviewsp. 47
Finding Supplementary Information: Other Reference Sourcesp. 57
Biographical Sourcesp. 57
In Quest of Quotationsp. 60
Facts from Dictionaries and Handbooksp. 62
Guidelines on Formp. 65
Using Primary Sourcesp. 67
Pulling It All Togetherp. 73
Guides to Research in Literaturep. 83
Selective Bibliography of Reference Sources for English and American Literaturep. 85
Indexp. 101
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