Summary of Assignment
Create a small collection of articles on Agnes Grey, a collection that spans several years so as to provide something of an overview of the scholarship done on this novel. Your article may be from a scholarly journal or from a collection of essays in a book. Each of you will be contributing one piece, article of section of book.
In order to avoid overlap, I will assign each of you to a particular time frame.
Pre-1980, 1980-1990, 1991-1999, 2000-2002, 2003-2006, 2007-2009, 2010-2013.
For the oral report:
- Begin by describing how you found the article. (What research strategy did you use, for example? What data base? How did you narrow your search, if you had to do that. What, if any, frustrations did you experience in your search? If you found more than one appropriate article, give your reasons for selecting the one you did. )
- Brief summary
- identify the critical approach or approaches you think the writer used
Introducing Modern Language Association Bibliography: MLA
An introduction to Modern Language Association Bibliography
What is MLA Bib?
contains bibliographic records for books, book chapters, journal articles, and dissertations published since 1923 in the fields of language, literature, and folklore.
Where is MLA Bib located?
- Each entry in the database includes the author name(s), the title of the work, and, for articles or book chapters, the source in which the article appears. Also included are subject terms which identify the national literature, the time period of the subject work, the genre, and many other descriptive terms assigned by the editors of MLA.
- The Keyword search includes words from titles, subject headings, and notes. Searches in the MLA are not case-sensitive: Bronte and bronte are treated the same.
- Begin your search with keywords and examine the resulting set for desirable records. Use the subject terms in these records to glean new search terms.
Example: Agnes Grey searched in the author's work field yields about 62 results.
- Use truncation symbols to increase your results:emotion* retrieves emotion, emotions, emotional, etc.
- Search for subject headings (also called descriptors) using the thesaurus tab under search tools:
- Take advantage of the Advanced Search Limits. The most "popular" limits are "English only," peer reviewed, and document type limits.
Databases for English Literature
Tips for comprehensive searching:
- Complement your search of MLA International Bibliography with a search in Arts and Humanities Citation Index (Web of Science) to locate current articles.
- Remember that JSTOR is not current; there is a 3-5 year lag in journal coverage.
- Always feel free to consult a reference librarian for more ideas.