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Research Fundamentals: David Abram - Animism and the Alphabet

A guide to print and online resources for starting your research.

Questions for a Second Reading

from Ways of Reading: An Anthology for Writers

"David Abrams refers to the work of the philosopher Maruice Merleau-Ponty. Elsewhere in the book he refers to Edmund Husset. Both are important figures in a field of philosophical inquiry called phenomenology. Using the library as well as the Internet (so you can put your hands on books and scholarly journals) . . . create brief glosses on these writers and their work."

DMC Studio

Want to create a multimedia presentation as part of your assignment?

The DMC Studio provides services, technologies, and instructional support for recording, digitizing, and editing audio, video, and image resources, enabling you to create new digital scholarly work.

Biographical Materials

Read about the life and work of Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Edmund Husset.

Biography in Context

International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences
(Note: this resource works better with FireFox)

An interview with David Abram


AlphabetScriptsWorld from Wikimedia Commons

The Ecology of Magic: An Interview with David Abram from
the Scott London website.

Subject Guides

The Library offers a number of discipline-based Subject Guides to help you locate resources.  Which Guides might assist you?

Some possibilities include:



Searching for books and articles



Take a Break

Should we still teach students to write in Cursive?

Look at Scottish handwriting from the National Archives of Scotland. Can you answer the question?

Take five minutes of reflection on the evolution of writing (and reading). . . .
Search NuCAT, the library catalog, for an author with your last name. To locate the actual material, you could

  • use a piece of paper and pencil to write down the call number
  • get your cell phone to text you the call number information
  • click-because you found an ebook, or online music or video

Overview and Concepts

Learn about the concepts of phenomenology, writing (and handwriting) and technology

 Use the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) to find the meaning and history of

scapulimancy      paleography

Primary Sources

Review question:  What is a Primary Source?

Visit the Merleau-Ponty Circle to see a bibliography of primary sources written by Merleau-Ponty.


Review question:  What is a scholarly article?

Try the Library's Discovery service for a Google-style approach to searching. 

Not sure where else to look?  Look for selected article search tools in Research Guides by Subject