Rulebreakers Reading Guide
The Key to All Wisdom: Think First, Search Second
Good research is the result of good thinking.
Brainstorm a list of keywords and phrases relevant to your topic, and include synonyms. This is an essential step you should never skip. Think about synonyms for your keywords and phrases.
Use quotation marks for exact phrases:
Wild cards find all versions of a word when added after the word's root:
Start with a general search, and narrow it down as you look through your results.
Useful Databases for Literary Research
We subscribe to a number of databases. To use them, you'll need the logins and passwords, so click on the box at the upper left of this page.
Different databases are useful for different kinds of searches. For literary criticism, JSTOR is strongest. For all-around general information, including biographical background on authors, choose Gale Literature Resource Center.
Literary Research / Biographical Information
You establish your credibility by showing that the sources you use are written by knowledgeable, professional people with expertise. Here are some possible credentials an author might have:
How to Credential a Journal Article
There are 3 quick places to look:
Here are JSTOR examples.
Here's an example from Gale Literature Reference Center.
Need help? Ask Maureen, Sue or Derek.
Credentialing a Book Author or Contributor
Book publishers and editors often do a bunch of the work for you! Here's where to look:
Books on Reserve
SHARE • CHECK OUT USING SLIPS • RETURN PROMPTLY • BE RESPONSIBLE
All the library's relevant books for your research are on a reserve shelf near the old clock in the US Library.
Ethical behavior using reserve materials:
What's on reserve?
Save Yourself a Huge Headache
Be sure to copy the title page of the book when you copy an article/section of the book. You'll be able to locate it and cite it later on. Another resource for citing is the US Library Catalog. Look up the book you're using, and obtain information about authors, editors, date and place of publication, edition, etc. Have questions? Ask Sue or Derek.