Women's Literature
Research Guide

Welcome!

This guide will assist ENG 2080 students with locating resources that support their course-specific research assignments. This

guide contains instructional materials that will explain some of the more difficult concepts involved with finding, evaluating, and citing resources.

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Developing A Topic

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Sometimes the most difficult aspect of academic research is coming up with a topic. Most instructors at the graduate level will set the initial range for your research topics, but you decide the specific focus of your research.

Here are a few general tips to help you develop a topic:

1) Look at the course lecture notes - is there anything that interests you and that you can relate back to a situation or trend in your classroom, library, or school?

2) Look at your textbook - examine the chapter headings and subheadings in the table of contents. Does anything catch you eye?

3) Try a Google search using "women's literature issues" or women's literature topics" or women's literature links" to search for other useful sites.

4) Use Journal Finder to browse online education-related journals: http://journalfinder.wtcox.com/uncp/search-subj.asp?subj=16

5) Is your class using the discussion board in BlackBoard? If so, browse through the postings and see if anything sparks your interest.

Using BraveCat

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BraveCat is accessed via the World Wide Web. No login or password is necessary. Go to the Library's webpage at www.uncp.edu/library. Click the BraveCat link. Then click the Search BraveCat link.

BraveCat provides a number of ways to search for materials in the Library. The most common searches are Keyword, Author, and Title.

NOTE: Searching by Subject can be very difficult because subject searching uses a very specific language called Library of Congress Subject Headings. You may want to use the keyword search instead of the subject search.

Keyword Search

The Keyword Search is a very broad type search. You can search for any combination of words in the various parts of a catalog record: the title, the author's name, subject terms, and the notes fields. You can search for single keywords (e.g., literature) or combine keywords with AND (e.g., romaticism and imagery ). You can interchange different words with similar meaning (such as teenager and adolescent) using OR (e.g., women or female or feminine or gender).

You also can search keywords as a phrase inside quotation marks (e.g. "et tu Brute"). You can also truncate words with an asterisk * (e.g. prevent* = prevented, preventing, prevention, and prevents).

When BraveCat opens, make sure to select Pembroke (see image below). You can always search the consortium later if you require more resources.

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Note: in BraveCat (or any other database) do not search using large phrases. Group concepts together using AND. Example: Do not search the use of imagery in "The Yellow Wallpaper." Do search yellow wallpaper and imagery. Keep it simple!

Note: in the example above, we are search for information in general about Charlotte Bronte using the keyword search (see image above).

Result Page

Below are results you would get with the charlotte bronte search. This search finds 84 items, arranged by relevance. The results page shows 12 items on each page. To see the next page of results (with items 13 to 16, etc.), click on the hyperlinked page number or the Next link.

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Item Record

Most materials in the Library have an item record, which provides important information about contents and location, as well as basic citation information. Simply click the title link on the results page in order to see an item record.

The Location (see image below) tells you the collection in which the item is contained within the Library (or at FSU or UNCW). General Collection means that the item can be checked out. Some other locations are General Collection Folio, which contains oversized books, and Juvenile, which contains children's books. Folio and juvenile items can be checked out. Other collections, such as Reference and Special Collections, contain items that cannot be checked out.

The Call # tells you where an item is located within a collection. You need to write down the entire call number in order to find an item.

Available lets you know if an item is available for checkout. If an item has been checked out, you would see a due date instead of Available.

Many items records also contain the table of contents from the book, and newer items also provide a brief summery. The item record usually includes relevant linked subject headings. Use these links to locate other relevant items.

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Placing A Hold

If an UNCP item is checked out, or if you want to request items from FSU or UNCW, then you need to place a hold using BraveCat. In order to do this, you will need a library Personal Identification Number (PIN).

To place a hold request, you must be in the BraveCat record for the item that you want. Click the Hold Item button, located at the top of the screen (see image below).

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You will need to use your login and PIN in order to place holds on items in BraveCat or use electronic databases from off campus.

All library-related login screens (with the exception of Course Reserves and Document Delivery) contain three login boxes. Put your first or last name (not both) in the first box. Enter your University ID (your Banner number - if you do not know your Banner number, then log into BraveWeb https://braveweb.uncp.edu/ to locate it) in the second box, and enter your PIN in the third box and click the Submit button (see image below).

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You will receive a brief confirmation. To return to the item record click the Regular Display button. To return to the result page click the Return to List button.

You will be notified when your items are available for pick up at the Circulation Desk in the Library. If you are a distance education student then click here for more information.

For assistance with PINs, access to electronic resources, or help with your research, please contact the Reference Desk, by email at refdesk@uncp.edu, or by phone at 910.521.6656. You can also use the Ask-A-Librarian webform, which is available at http://www.uncp.edu/library/ask.html.

Using Oxford Reference Online

Oxford Reference Online brings together Oxford's core collection of renowned reference works into a single cross-searchable resource with an expanding range of key titles in the acclaimed Oxford Companions series plus the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations.

To access this database, you will need to use the Title list: http://www.uncp.edu/library/electronic/title.html#o

Next, click the Oxford Reference Online: Premium Collection link.

 

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Off-Campus Login

Click the Oxford Reference Online: Premium Collection link. If you are off campus, you will need to use your login and PIN in order to place holds on items in BraveCat or use electronic databases from off campus.

All library-related login screens (with the exception of Course Reserves and Document Delivery) contain three login boxes. Put your first or last name (not both) in the first box. Enter your University ID (your Banner number - if you do not know your Banner number, then log into BraveWeb https://braveweb.uncp.edu/ to locate it) in the second box, and enter your PIN in the third box and click the Submit button (see image below).

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The Basic Search

Simply enter your keywords in the search box and click the Go button (see image below).

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The search for Charlotte Bronte returned 24 results. Pay close attention to the tabs at the top of the window (see image below). Clicking on one of these will help you to limit the scope of the results. Also, you may want to click the Literature link on the left side of the window.

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To open an entry from the results, simply click a title link (see image below).

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Next, you will see the entry itself. Pay attention to the citation information at the page. This will be necessary if you use this resource for your research. Also, notice the email and print links (see image below).

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Note: you can browse titles by subject by using the Literature link on the main page (see image below).

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Literature and Language Subject Page

The Literature and Language subject page http://www.uncp.edu/library/electronic/literature_language.html lists all relevant electronic resources that you will need for your research assignments (see image below).

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Using Gale Literature Resource Center

The Gale Literature Resource Center provides critical and biographical information about more than 120,000 authors from the Classical period to the present. It provides several hundred thousand full text journal articles and other critical essays, thousands of plot summaries and links to authoritative Web sites, over 100,000 author biographies, several thousand author portraits, and the Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature.

Basic Search

Click the database link on the Language and Literature subject page. Remember, that if you are off campus, you will need to use your library login. When the database opens, enter your keywords in the Find box, and also select a content type - for this example, we will look at biographies. Since we are entering an author's name, you may want to limit to Person - By or About (see image below).

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Results List

At the top of the results list you will see that the search yielded 8 biographies. The list displays 20 results on each page. To see the next page of results, click the Next link . The results are sorted by Relevance. To open an entry (article), simply click the Full-text link or the actual entry title (see image below).

 

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Database Entries

Each entry begins with a citation. Citations to articles/entries contain important identifying information, such as article title, author, journal/serial title (source), volume number, issue number, and page numbers. Many articles/entries also provide abstracts, which are summaries of the article's contents. Please notice that the table of contents for the entry is linked (see image below).

 

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The Full Text

You can print the the full text entry by clicking the Print Preview link. Also, you can email the full text to yourself or someone else, and you can also save the full text to your desktop or flash drive, etc. (see image below).

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Revising Your Search

To revise your search, click the Basic Search link at the top of the entry. You will then be back at the Basic Search screen. Now change the search from Biographies to Literature Criticism (see image below).

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There are 46 results for this search. You can narrow the results to specific subjects or specific titles by using the links on the left side of the window (see image below).

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Using JSTOR

JSTOR is a database containing fulltext backfiles of more than 1,000 core scholarly journals, many dating from the 19th century.

To access this database, you will need to use the Title list: http://www.uncp.edu/library/electronic/title.html#j

Next, click the JSTOR link. Remember that if you are off campus, you will need to use your library login. When the database opens, enter your keywords in the search boxes, and also limit to Article under Type and click the Search button (see image below).

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Results List

At the top of the results list you will see that the search yielded 18 articles. The list displays 25 results on each page. To see the next page of results, click the Next link . The results are sorted by Relevance. To open an entry (article), simply click the article title (see image below).

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The Full Text

After the item opens, to get the full text article, you will need to click the PDF link (see image below).

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Note: you must click OK when the warning box appears - YOU CANNOT JUST HIT ENTER (see image below).

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The PDF article when then open. You can print the article by clicking the printer symbol and you can save the article by clicking the small disk symbol (see image below).

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Note: in order to email the article, you must first save it to your desktop or a flash drive, and then you will be able to email the full text as an attachment.

Citing Resources

 

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The following resources will help you with creating bibliographies and works cited pages. Please keep in mind that assistance is also available from the UNCP Writing Center http://www.uncp.edu/writing/

RefWorks - RefWorks is an online research management, writing and collaboration tool that is designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies. Note: RefWorks requires free on-campus registration before you can use this resource. Contact Michael Alewine if you are a distance education student.

Citation Builder

Modern Language Association (MLA) Formatting and Style Guide

Other Style Manuals and Guides

Conclusion

This ends this guide. However, it is very important that you remember that help is always available for you at the Reference Desk. Do not hesitate to contact us as many times as you need to.

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http://www.uncp.edu/library/reference/help.html

For comments or suggestions concerning this guide, then please contact Michael Alewine

Michael Alewine
Outreach / Distance Education Librarian
910.522.5743
michael.alewine@uncp.edu

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