Articles in scholarly journals are particularly important to academic research. They:
Look for options in databases to limit results to articles in scholarly, peer-reviewed journals.
Title page of The Athenaeum, 1846, a British literary journal. The Athenaeum is searchable thru the British Periodicals database. Photo from The Library of Congress
Find one good item? Look at its item record to see if there are Subject Terms. These group material by together by topic which can yield more precise results.
Searching by subject in CBBcat can lead to a further list of sub-divisions. These can be helpful in focusing your research.
To find items by authors, do an Author Search (last name, first name).
To find items about authors, do a Subject Search (last name, first name).
SEARCHING FOR LITERARY CRITICISM IN CBBcat
Keyword Search: "author's name" AND critic*" (Natalia Ginzburg AND critic*)
Subject Search: "author's last name, first name" (eg. Woolf, Virginia)
Look for the sub-division: Criticism and interpretation
Check the works cited, notes, references and bibliographies of every relevant article or book. You may discover a book or article perfect for your topic.
Hafley, James Robert, 1928 - The Glass Roof: Virigina Woolf as a Novelist. Berkely: University fo California Press, 1954. (link to bibliography)
One good source can lead to another!
Look for a Cited Work using:
Searches multiple resources at once.
Use for very precise searches:
For best results, use limiters: field drop-downs (Title, Publication Title), content type (articles, book chapters, book reviews), etc.
For topical searches, first consult CBBcat and individual databases.
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Is a book scholarly? Look at the publisher, author, bibliography/references, writing style and examine the arguments presented. Who is the intended audience?
Books in Miller Library? Look at the call number. Most literary works are on the bottom floors (S1 & S2) of the Miller bookstacks.
Books at the Colby Storage Facility, Bates or Bowdoin? To order click
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Not finding what you want in CBBcat?
Look for the MaineCat icon in CBBcat results to expand your search across the state.
Reference sources can provide definitions, terminology, facts, background information, context, biographies, interpretations, and bibliographies.