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Research Methods for Ancient Western Literature

Instruction session on the research process, including how to use subject/lib guides,and how to find materials within the catalog (WorldCat), Ebsco eBooks, Electronic Databases, and an Art Resource.

Gillian Connors

on 24 February 2015

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Transcript of Research Methods for Ancient Western Literature

1. Map your research strategy:
Research question=keywords + boolean operators, limiters, use subject terms or a thesaurus
2. Find your sources:
Library catalog
Google Scholar
Databases: Humanities International Index, JSTOR, etc.
3. Evaluate & cite your sources (in-class assignment)
Is it peer reviewed?
Suggested Subject Guides for LITR 231*
Find Books:
Limit By:
Find Articles
Key Words
Type of Work
Type of Publication
Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed) Publications Only
Full-Text Access Only
Choose a Subject Guide(s) that Best Fits Your Topic
Provide a starting point for research
Recommend databases, scholarly websites, and reference tools
Often include searching tips. i.e. Tips for Finding Literary Criticism: http://www.ucollege.edu/academics/library/reference/subject-research-guides/literature
Literature: http://www.ucollege.edu/academics/library/reference/subject-research-guides/literature

Art & Graphic Design: http://www.ucollege.edu/academics/library/subject-research-guides/art

Religion & Theology: http://www.ucollege.edu/academics/library/subject-research-guides/religion-theology
Why Subject Guides?
Find eBooks:
Basic Search:
Browse new titles by cover
Browse by category: i.e. Literature & Criticism; Religion; Art & Architecture
Advanced Search:
Field Search by Subject, Title, Author, etc.
Limiters: Year, Language, Title, Full-text, Available Download
eBook Advantage:
Keyword Search within the text
Download to your device
Access anytime
Basic Search:
Start with key words/phrases
Limit by: format, location
Within Results & in Advanced Search:
Limit by: format, author, year, language, topic, full text, peer-reviewed, etc.
Note: In all search results Union College's holdings show up first
For example: shakespeare tempest criticism
shakespeare biography
Thesaurus/Subject Headings:
Determine how the database tags articles= retrieve more results
Literary Reference Center
Google Scholar

Oxford Biblical Studies Online*
Basic Search:
Keyword Search or Bible Text Look up
Advanced Search:
Limit by:
Chapter Title
Bonus Features:
Images & Maps
Reference Materials
Basic Search:
Keyword Search
Advanced Searched:
Limit by:
Author: Country, Culture, Genre, Movement
Images Available

Bonus Features:
Browse: Works, Authors, Publications
Reference Shelf
3 Database Examples + 1 Extra Resource
Thanks for listening!

(Image retrieved from Wikimedia Commons 14 October 2012).
10 peer reviewed sources on one topic
Cite your resources in:
MLA or APA Style
Write down:
any search terms you use
Shows resources available through our library and the web
Links directly to articles and citations in the library databases
FAQ about Google Scholar: https://www.ucollege.edu/academic-services/library/faq
Humanities International Index

Thesaurus to determine search terms
Combine with Boolean operators:
AND= narrows your search
OR=expands your search

in the Literature Subject Guide under Article Indexes
in the Literature Subject Guide under Article Indexes
*Or go to http://www.ucollege.edu/library, in the Religion &Theology Subject Guide under Reference
Research Methods for Ancient Western Literature
William Shakespeare's
"The Tempest, Act 1,Scene 1"
by George Romney
*First option under Online Resources
Research Process
eBooks from EBSCOHOST
the Library Catalog
in any database
AWL books on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/unioncollegelib/ancient-western-literature/
Start with:
Full Text
Publication Type
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