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English: Literature, Rhetoric, and Composition: Spring 2015: ENGL 3160, Becoming Human

What We'll Do Today

Before every database, we will ask: Who made it? How did they choose what items to include? How did they organize those items?

Browse EEBO term lists to begin mapping out keywords.

Find our sample text in EEBO. Continue mapping out keywords.

Find 2-3 secondary sources in the library catalog. Continue mapping out keywords.

Find 2-3 scholarly articles in the MLA Bibliography. Continue mapping out keywords. (Do you sense a pattern here?)

Take our keywords to JSTOR, Google Books, Google Scholar, and beyond.

MLA Citation

Early English Books Online

  • Who makes EEBO, and where do the texts come from? 
  • Are you searching the full-text? Try nature philosophy versus nature and philosophy.
  • What are the differences between using the basic and advanced search? 
  • Why use official term lists, particularly browsing the subject list?

Secondary Sources: Books in Library Catalogs

Now that I have a piece, I'd like much more context about:

  • The author
  • The state of science and medicine in the 17th century
  • Other writers on the same subject, publishing around the same time
  • More? 

Scholarly books will give you excellent context. Make sure to limit your search only to Library Catalogs. Start with the pattern of time period and subject. Also try adding terms like (handbook* or companion* or guide) to find overviews or crit* to find secondary sources, usually with a literary or other critical theory approach.  Farm the official subject headings for more terms and use parentheses and "or" to create searches like:

Always check the official subject headings for more ideas and a sense of the hierarchy of topics.

Secondary Sources: Articles in MLA

Book chapters and articles are generally on more specific topics than a book overview, so we'll start to really focus on the theme of our analysis. We will start with advanced subject terms in the MLA. Use the same pattern of time period plus subject terms, and always look at the subject terms attached to articles you like.

Secondary Sources: Articles in Scholar OneSearch, JSTOR, Google Scholar