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ENC 1102: Finding Literary Criticism & More (Dale Mabry): As you go along

Selected websites and library resources for researching works of literature.

Manage the results you are finding

Stay organized. Tools inside the library's search engines, the catalog and the databases, can help.

  Save your results

  • Notice links to save results, capture permalinks, or email them to yourself.
  • If you email:
    • You may be able add a subject line or notes to remember why you're saving the item.
    • Create a folder for that assignment and move to it any pertinent emails.
Whichever method you choose, try saving everything in one place for the same assignment.

  Save anything that looks promising

  • You can go back to it and really engage with it later.
  • When you start writing you can sift through and decide what to keep, or not.
  • It's common—and helpful—to gather more sources than you end up using.

  Use citation help

  • Look for the citation tool in a library database. It could be a link labeled cite or citation help.
  • The citation tool will give you example citations in APA, MLA, and other popular formats.
  • Also refer to this Citation Guide

  Notice other helpful tools

For example, some databases provide translations and audio recordings of articles.

  Note new search terms

  • Read over what you find.
  • A quick way to do this:
    • Scan the Details, Summary, or Abstract on the screen after you click the title.
  • Why it helps to do this:
    • Gives you additional keywords or search terms to try.
    • Helps you think about your topic and start writing your paper in your head.
  • Notice linked Subject terms—usually underneath the Abstract, Summary, or Details of an item. They may lead to other useful sources.

  Notice links to similar or related results

  • Some databases will display, on the results screen, links to other resources that are related to your search.
  • They might say something like "More like this" or "Find similar results".

When using the library catalog or a database, NOTICE the many tools provided to help save, cite, and think about what you're finding.