FYE 1036: Myths, Fairy Tales and Fantasy
“Poor, poor, little Alice! She has not only been caught and made to do lessons; she has been forced to inflict lessons on others.”
-Gilbert K. Chesterson
Books in the Main Stacks
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 the library in a number of ways:
Keyword search: “Brothers Grimm”
finds your keywords anywhere in the catalog description of the 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.
Subject search: Fairy Tales - Germany
finds any book on a certain subject BUT “subjects” are defined by the Library of Congress (so it’s Mythology, Greek not Greek Mythology)
Title search: Cinderella
finds any book with that word in the title (a quick way to find out if your topic has been covered in books)
Think about the ways you could describe your topic and try searching by those keywords in the library catalog.
Use these reference sources and books to get the background and general overview on your topic and to generate ideas for deeper research.
Tatar, M. (1987). The hard facts of the Grimms’ fairy tales. Princeton, N.J: Princeton University Press.
Taylor, E., Grimm, W., & Grimm, J. (2009). Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm. Waiheke Island: The Floating Press.
Zipes, J. (2000). The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Credo is a database made up of hundreds of encyclopedias and reference sources. It’s a great first stop to help you define and understand your topic and check facts.
Use the library’s databases to search for articles from newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals. Each type of article will give you a different focus and/or level of detail on your topic.
Literature Resource Center
Gives you literary criticism and overviews of literary works. If you’re researching a specific book or poem, you can search by the name of the work and the author.
Academic Search Premier
Good all-purpose database to find articles on just about any topic. Use the sidebar to sort your results by type of article (newspapers, journals, magazines).
Gives you scholarly articles from journals. Expect the vocabulary and discussion of the topic to be very specific and related to a particular discipline (history, literature, philosophy, etc)
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 - unintentionally or not. Here are some sources to help you cite properly and to avoid the problem of plagiarism.
- Citation Styles
This lists citation engines which help you create proper citations as well as providing information on different citation styles.
- MLA Guide
- Tips on avoiding plagiarism
Turnitin is a service that faculty and students use to detect and avoid plagiarism in their writing.
NoodleBib is an online resource that will help you format MLA and APA bibliographies, exporting them directly to your word processing program.
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