Research Tips for HU150

Uploaded by OnlineLibrarians on 17.12.2012

Hello. This is Alyssa Novak, the Associate Online Librarian. In this video I'll share
some tips for researching literature and literary criticism in the Online Library. Start by
clicking on the Research by Topic tab. From the list of guides, scroll down and select
literature. This is a great place to start because it narrows down the library's resources
to just those that are relevant to literature research. You'll find some tips for searching
for articles, books and ebooks, and websites.
Let's take a look at the resources in the articles tab. The first database I'd like
to show you is called Literature Resource Center. In this database I can search for
the name of the author or piece of literature that I'm studying. For example, let's search
for Stephen Crane. In the search results, you'll see that the default view is Literature
Criticism. You can also look at other types of content in these other tabs. Another nice
thing about this database is that there's links here on the left that suggest narrower
topics - so if I wanted to see articles related to just Stephen Crane's story The Open Boat,
I can select The Open Boat and then that narrows down my literature criticism results to only
those articles that are about the short story The Open Boat. Once you see an article you
would like to read, click on the title. You'll also notice that once you open up the article
page, there's these tools on the right-hand side. I like to point out this citation tools
button because it can help you get started with an APA citation. Just double-check the
citation for accuracy.
Another useful database for finding literary criticism is Academic Search Premier. If we
simply search for an author, like Stephen Crane, you'll notice that we'll find too many
articles. There's over 600 here! And not all of these are even about Stephen Crane, so
we need to get more specific in our search.
Let's try again by looking for information about one of Stephen Crane's short stories.
We'll search: Crane and open boat. I'll put quotation marks around open boat, so that
forces the database to search for those words as a phrase. I'm also going to click on this
full-text checkbox. Hey, that's better! There's sixteen results instead of over six hundred.
Once again when you see an article you would like to read, click on the title. You'll notice
that we have some tools in this database too, and I'd also like to point out the citation
tools button in this database, which is the golden piece of paper. And that will get you
started with an APA Reference, but just again remember to double-check it for accuracy.
Now if you're not finding what you need using Literature Resource Center or Academic Search
Premier, there's a few other sources you can use, and one of those is Academic OneFile.
Academic OneFile is very similar to Academic Search Premier. You can use similar search
techniques there to find other articles.
If you're looking for some general background information to get you started, you can try
CREDO reference. You won't find literary criticism, but you will find encyclopedic articles about
Crane and his works. You can also find biographical information about your author in Biography
In Context.
Finally, don't forget that have books and eBooks. Search the library catalog for these
materials. You'll need to use a slightly more broad search strategy. Let me just try a search
on Stephen Crane. Here's one by Stephen Crane, and let me try checking out the eBooks. It
looks like here we have one about Stephen Crane, so that's more what you would be looking
for. And if you're not sure, you can just click on the title and check out the information
we have in our record here. Look over here on the right it says, Crane, Stephen, Criticism
and Interpretation. So that gives you a clue, and if you click on that link, it brings you
to all the other books we have about Stephen Crane. So that could be helpful when you're
looking for books and ebooks on your author.
Thanks for watching this brief introduction to our literature resources. If you have any
questions, you can always ask a librarian using the Ask a Librarian tab in the Online
Library. Thank you!