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AML 2020 - Freeman (Plant City): Desiree's Baby

This guide is intended to direct students to resources that assist with assignments in AML 2020 with Dr. Freeman at the Plant City Campus

Searching HCC Libraries for Resources

Online Library Catalog

Use the Library Catalog available on the Library's Webpage  or below this box to locate books and ebooks in the HCC Library's system. The box above is a Live keyword search box.  Type your search term at the "Enter search terms here" and choose "Click to Search".

Find books, articles, videos, & more

Example Search - Kate Chopin

Example Search

Use the Library Catalog available on the Library's Webpage  to locate books and eBooks in the HCC Libraries. 

To locate items in the library that are by or about Kate Chopin, use the Advanced Search screen, type his name in the search box of the library catalog, under "Limit your search options", choose Format > Books from the pull down menu, and then Search.

HCC Library catalog advanced search page with "Kate Chopin" as the search term and format of Book chosen

From the results list, you can see that the library has books and eBooks available for your use. To open an eBook, choose "View Record" or "Full Text" in the catalog record.  

Locate Printed Books in the Library

Locate Printed Books

To locate printed books in the library, choose "Books in the Library" under the Filter Results By section:


Filter Results By with check mark next to Books in the library


To choose a specific HCC Library campus location, make your selection from this list.  For example, choose Hillsborough/Plant City for the HCC Plant City campus library.




After the Results populate, look for the Call Number in the catalog record for the book you want to locate.  The Call Number is an alphanumeric code and this is how you locate a book on the book shelf in the library.  Also, make note of the HCC campus library location.  

Library catalog book record showing call number 

Books about Chopin

Selected books and eBooks about Kate Chopin.  To access eBooks, you must be logged into HCC Libraries Online.   

Literature Databases

Library Databases

To find magazine, journal, and book articles about "Desiree's Baby", search in the databases below.

Databases are used to search for and locate articles for the research process. Please see the Logging Into HCC Libraries for instructions on how to access the library databases through Canvas.  If this does not work, please contact one of the HCC libraries. 

Each of the databases has a different "look" but they all search in similar ways. Typically you will enter both the author's name and the title of the story to find articles that are about the particular story. If instead, you are only looking for biographical information about the author, you can use the Biography (Gale) database.

Bloom's Literature

Bloom's Literature is a database that provides access to several different types of resources on several authors, stories, and characters. 

  • Browse Most Studied Authors 
  • Browse Most Studied Works 
  • Browse Most Studied Characters 
To search for a specific author, story title or character, you can also use Search Options > Advanced Search tool.  

Bloom's Literature advanced search page with "Desiree's Baby" AND Chopin as the search terms.  

Gale Literature

Allows you to search for magazine, journal and book articles about Kate Chopin and "Desiree's Baby".

At the Advanced Search screen type "desiree's baby" in the "Name of Work" box and "chopin" in the "person-by or about" box.

Make sure there is a check mark next to the More Options > "full text." This will ensure that the results are able to be read online immediately. Finally choose "Search" and a list of articles will appear.

Advanced search page for Gale Literature with "Desiree's Baby" and "Chopin, Kate" as the search terms.

The list of results will show under the Content Types section as seen below. Choose Literature Criticism to see Showing results for Literature Criticism (87)the articles available that critically examine the work. To read an article in the list of results, choose the title. 

Literary Reference Center Plus

Allows you to search for magazine, journal and book articles about Kate Chopin and her writings.  Some information will overlap with that in the Gale Literature database.

  1. Enter the title "desiree's baby" and the author "Chopin" in the search boxes, leave the drop-down menus set to "select a field".
  2. Look under Limit Your Results and check mark Full-Text.
  3. Choose Search.

Advanced Search page for Literary Reference Center with desiree's baby and Chopin, Kate as the search terms.

Gale Literature Criticism 

Allows you to search for essays and biographical information about Kate Chopin and her writings that appear in large collections of literary criticism.

 *This database contains the full copies of several sets of literary criticism series and is quite a bit different than the other databases.

To locate articles/chapters in this database, type Desiree's Baby in the Keyword search box. Check "full text" under more options and click Search.
Advanced Search page with Desiree's Baby as the search term
Choose Literature Criticism to see Showing results for Literature Criticism (87)the articles available that critically examine the work. To read an article in the list of results, choose the title.