FYE 1031: Hero's Quest in Literature
Books in the Circulating Collection
Search the Library catalog to find books that you can check out and ebooks that you can download or read online. (See our FAQ for more info on using the ebook collection.)
You can search for books in a number of ways:
Keyword searches: “science fiction”
look for your keywords anywhere in the catalog description of a book (usually this search is the broadest as it will pick up even minor mentions of your topic).
- Put quotes around phrases for more accurate results.
- Combine keywords with AND to narrow your search.
- Combine keywords with OR to broaden your search.
Subject searches: Fairy Tales
find any book on a certain subject BUT “subjects” are defined by the Library of Congress and may not be the words you think they should be. (So it’s Mythology, Greek not Greek Mythology).
Title search: Myths
finds any book with that word in the title. (A quick but not foolproof way to find relevant books on your keyword/topic).
Think about the ways you could describe your topic and try searching by those keywords in the library catalog. Use reference sources to come up with ideas.
Use these reference sources and books that provide general overviews to get the background info on your topic and to generate ideas for deeper research.
Searches a wide range of encyclopedias, dictionaries and other sources.
Biography in Context
Articles and background on current and historical figures.
Barton, J., & Muddiman, J. (Eds.). (2001). Oxford Bible commentary. New York: Oxford University Press.
Ref. PS 491.3 .O94 2001
Benton, M. (1989).The comic book in America: An illustrated history. Dallas, Tex: Taylor Pub.
Oakdale Circulating “PN6725 .B38 1989″
Dobson, M., & Wells, S. (Eds.). (2001). Oxford companion to Shakespeare. New York: Oxford University Press.
Ref. PR2892 .O94 2001
Grant, M., & Kitzinger, R. (Eds.). (1988). Civilization of the ancient Mediterranean: Greece and Rome. Rome, NY: Charles Scribner’s Sons.
Ref. DE59 .C55 1988 v.1–3
Grenville, B., Johnson, T., Wright, W., & Vancouver Art Gallery. (2008). KRAZY!: The delirious world of anime + comics + video games + art. Berkeley: University of California Press.
Oakdale Circulating NC1765 .K73 2008
Harmon, W., & Holman, H. (Eds.). (2006). Handbook to literature, 10th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.
Ref. PN41 .H355 2006
Lacy, N.J. (Ed.). (1986). The Arthurian encyclopedia. New York: Garland Publishing.
Ref. DA 152.5 .A7 A78 1986
Lindahl, C., et. al. (Eds.) (2000). An encyclopedia of myths, legends, tales, beliefs, and customs. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.
Ref. GR35 .M43 2000 v. 1–2
Misiroglu, G. (Ed.). (2004). The superhero book. Detroit, MI: Visible Ink.
Ref. P96 .H46587 2004
Quinn, E. (Ed.). (2006). Dictionary of literary and thematic terms. New York: Checkmark Books.
Oakdale Circulating PN44.5 .Q56 2006
Articles come from many sources: magazines, newspapers, scholarly journals, etc. Each type of source will have its own focus and depth of information. Databases allow you to search for articles across a wide range of sources.
Academic Search Premier covers a wide range of topics.
JSTOR searches scholarly journals covering history, literature, and the visual arts.
Literature Resource Center searches scholarly journals covering literature.
Proquest Research Library is a good place to start for most topics.
Need more? You can pick a different database from our Subject Directory.
Open Access Journals
Citing Your Resources
Doing ethical research means citing sources. It is critical to credit writers for their work and their contributions to your research. To not do so is unethical and leads to plagiarism - even if it’s unintentional. Here are some sources to help you cite properly and to avoid the problem of plagiarism.
- MLA Citation Guide
NoodleBib is an online resource that will help you format MLA and APA bibliographies, exporting them directly to your word processing program.
Turnitin is a service that faculty and students use to detect and avoiding plagiarism in their writing.
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Last Modified on April 11, 2016, at 10:00 AM by Chris