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EN 115 - all sections: Frankenstein


Boris Karloff as Frankenstein's Monster,
Photo courtesy of Universal Studios





Suggested databases:                              

Look for background information in:

Search for books in the catalog using subject headings like these:

BioethicsCloningEmbryonic stem cells,  Gene therapy,  Genetic engineeringGenetically modified foodsMedical EthicsRight to die,  Transplantation of OrgansLow temperature engineering (not cryogenic engineering), Human chromosome abnormalities -- Diagnosis (not Genetic testing!),  Laboratory animals, Transgenic animals

For articles on Mary Shelley see her individual guide

Think Strategically about Your Research

  • Looking up background information first can save you time later - use the Scribner Writers Series to find out about Mary Shelley and Credo Reference to check terminology in bioethics. CQ Researcher presents an outline in very general terms of currently controversial topics: may be useful to skim for basic orientation, picking up the vocabulary of the debate, and scanning briefly over the Pro and Con section. 
  • Search for books in any of Colby's catalogs, expanding your search with subject linking
  • Investigate the notes and bibliographies of every good source you find, looking for leads to more
  • Think about what sorts of publications the information you need might be published in


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What are scholarly journals?

Scholarly journals...

  • report original research in a specific discipline
  • typically contain peer reviewed articles
How can you identify a scholarly journal article?
Look for...
  • an abstract 
  • a bibliography
  • in-text citations 
  • specialized language                             

Why should I use Reference sources?

To look for...

  • definitions
  • historical context 
  • biographical information




Use MLA style to create citations in the humanities

"What is the purpose of citations?"

Citations show the research path taken to develop an idea, and they provide leads for other researchers to discover information in related resources.

"When do I need to cite?"

Of course you need to cite when you directly quote someone else, but it's also important to cite when you refer to another person's ideas or when you outline someone else's argument or line of reasoning.

EXAMPLE of MLA Style on a Works Cited page for an article retrieved from a database:

Homer, Michael Bennett. "Frankenfish … It's What's For Dinner: The FDA, Genetically Engineered Salmon, And The Flawed Regulation Of Biotechnology." Columbia Journal Of Law & Social Problems 45.5 (2011): 83-137. Academic Search Complete. Web. 21 Jan. 2013.

    thus the formula is:

Author. "Title of Article." Title of Journal  volume #. issue # (year): page number range. Name of Database. Web. Date

             of access [day month year].


MORE EXAMPLES and explanations at Purdue's OWL site:

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