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Hello from your Librarians!

A handy listing of library resources for Writing Center Tutors. We hope this helps. 

Librarians and Peer Ressearch Associates (Like tutors, but for library research) are also on duty.

Call 344-3026 to for immediate assistance at the library's information desk, and please refer students.



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Books, videos & more

Search Tips
  • Use quotes to search for phrases "a midsummer night's dream"
  • Use * for wild card searches cinema* will return cinematic & cinematography
  • Use AND, OR and NOT for boolean logic ((biomedical AND engineering) NOT nuclear)
  • Note: AND, OR, NOT must be ALL CAPS

Cycle of Research

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. 


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Index to Literary Reference books

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.


GALILEO Discovery is an online library portal to authoritative, subscription-only information that isn’t available through free search engines or Web directories. 


Search Ebrary (e-books)

Ebrary offers e-books from trusted publishers in all academic subject areas!


Good starting point

  • CQ Researcher
    A great source to explore for topics, especially for Eng 1101 papers. Includes current overview of issues such as Death Penalty, Obesity, Gun Control, Bullying. And much more, browse topics for ideas. Articles are written by journalists and includes three pro-con debates; a background and chronology on the topic; an assessment of the current situation; tables and maps; a pro/con debate by representatives of opposing positions; and bibliographies of key sources.

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