Academic writing and the research process depend on each other!
We have designed this guide especially for WC Tutors because we know you meet students who need to use library resources. Sometimes it will be a quick demonstration of GALILEO, but sometimes it will be a more complex need. When you are working with a student who needs help finding the best information for their project, please call on us to help. Contact us by e-mail, telephone, or chat to ensure the information students are using in their writing is relevant and reliable.
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Useful index to several multivolume reference books from Gale Publishers, including the following titles:
Dictionary of Literary Biography (hundreds of volumes of these "blue books" are scattered in reference collection search GIL Find for dlb and volume # to check holdings, get call number)
Contemporary Literature Criticism (CLC) Ref PN 771 .C59 (we own v. 1-269)
Twentieth Century Literature Criticism (TCLC) Ref PN 771 .G27 ( v. 1-215)
Nineteenth Century Literature Criticism (NCLC) Ref PN761 .N5 ( v. 1-209)
Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism (CMLC) Ref PN 610 .C53 ( 1-108)
Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800 (LC) Ref PN 86 .L53 ( 1-161)
Short Story Criticism (SSC) Ref PN 3373 .S56 (v. 1-120)
Poetry Criticism (PC) Ref PN 1111 .P63 (v. 1-94)
Also indexes Contemporary Authors.
Tips for getting through the cycle of research:
1. Be patient! You may not find everything you need on your first try. Remember, it takes time, so plan ahead.
2. Many steps of the research cycle are interconnected (see green arrows, above).
-If you aren't happy with your initial results in Step 3 (Finding your way), you may have to go back to Step 2 to re-evaluate your search terms.