Monika Brown      LITERATURE & FILM RESEARCH GUIDE      Name_______________ 2004


TOPIC: Author & Work(s) __________________________________________________________ Film(s) __________________________________________________________________________

Questions/aspects to study:

Other subject search terms:

     genre________________ critical approach ______________ historical period ___________________

list Keywords as you learn them:

 BEST SOURCES: post-1985 scholarly books and magazine/journal articles (*2-5 journal articles)

       Internet sources vary greatly in quality; if you select carefully, they can be up to 1/4 of your sources.

      -VARIETY: primary & secondary; book, essay collection, periodical; scholarly&media; opposing views

      -QUALITY: Related: concerns your focused topic OR a broader subject that includes your topic

        (4 R's) Recent: most published after 1980, along with some respected older studies)

                            Respected: academic journal/press, cited as expert; refers to other critics, has bibliog. or notes

                            Responsible: good evidence, refers to good quality sources, uses sound logic, avoids bias



  A. Find ARTICLES IN PERIODICALS: Magazines, Academic Journals, Newspapers

      Notice kinds of sources: critical articles, historical, biographical, news items, book/film reviews, review essays


HOW: Some articles are full-text online; for others, identify titles & dates; then find articles in periodicals

               Read abstract when available; print relevant, understandable articles/abstracts; find articles:           
in BraveCat if UNCP subscribes to a periodical in your citation & in what form  

        Find articles in periodicals area; print out/photocopy pages, esp intro, concl, bibliography.

                Use interlibrary loan to obtain promising articles that are not available at UNC Pembroke.               

___1.*[] Use 2-3 Online Databases; find full-text articles online or *in library periodicals


                                  Write checks by titles of indexes as you search them


        EBSCO Host (full text) check: Master File, Academic Search, ERIC, MLA Bib, Am. Humanities Index

        InfoTrac Expanded Academic Index


        J-STOR (full text) Project MUSE (full text) Humanities Fulltext


        Omni File Fulltext Arts & Humanities Citation Index

        Lexis-Nexus Academic Universe                                 Historical Abstracts

        Essay & Gen. Literature Index (book chapters)     Art Index



___ 2. [various libraries] use Print Indexes [Reference] & look for Articles (bravecat, periodicals area, ILL)


                                   Copy titles of indexes you look through (several years) and write down citations


         Book Review Digest           International Index to the Performing Arts

         Humanities Index     Music Index (UNC-CH Music Lib.) 

         Film Literature Index Film Review Annual. [reprints] PN 1995 .F465


 B. Find BOOKS: SCHOLARLY & GENERAL INTEREST (Criticism, Biography, Culture)


____*3. []Use BraveCat, the online (computer) catalog: identify good book prospects

               ☞ print out citations for 5 good books (some with bibl.); if checked out, ask for a hold so you can get it

               ☞ locate books in the UNCP library stacks and browse nearby books



____*4. []: Click Other Libraries to see if other NC library has a book (use interlibrary loan)





____*5. [Library] Use Subject Reference Works (list is not complete; copy useful info and bibliographies)  
a. Encyclopedias and General Reference Books
Britannica Online (Library Website)     
 b. Biographical and Critical Reference Books for Literary Study

      Dictionary of National Biography                 *Dictionary of Literary Biography REF PS21 .D5

      European Writers: The Romantic Century       Contemporary Authors

 c. Literary Histories and Dictionaries [see Bibl.on Syllabus for others; mostly not in REF section]

   Baugh, Literary History of England,1967 Sanders Short Oxford History of English Literature 1994
 Drabble, ed. The Oxford Companion to English Literature. 5th ed. 1983.

d. Research Guides and Bibliographies [there are many more, see also Author bibliographies] 
    Patterson, Literary Research Guide
REF Z 6511.P37 
English Novel Explication
.1990. Z 2014 .F5 P26 19th Cent. Literary Criticism PN761 N5  
e. Reference Books for Film and Literature

     Welch.Literature& Film:Ann. Bibliog, 1909-1977. *Ross, Harris.Film as Lit REF Z5784.M9
*Encyclopedia of Novels into Film. 1998.   The Film Encyclopedia. Ref. PN 1993.45 .K34 1994

     International Dictionary of Films and Filmmakers. Ref. Biography PN 1997.5 .I58 2000




 ____*6. Use important WEB SITES for information. Keep good records: save in a file, copy URL, print out



E. Use a Bibliography to help you find good sources efficiently


____ *7. From sources found, select a book/article with the most current/complete bibliography.



F. Use Other Research Not from the Library


____ 8. Interview an expert(s) about your project: what he/she thinks about your topic, research suggestions


____ 9. Do primary research (take notes): find documents, observe film or performance, conduct a survey or
             an experiment (etc)
or send for information from an appropriate agency.


___ 10. Use your personal library, textbooks, magazines, videos or resources from experts, family, friends.