ENG112 Information Literacy September 2009
Instructor: Assist. Prof. Mark Jackson, Reference & Online Resources Librarian
Using the online catalog to finding a book in the Bloomfield College Library (books by an author, about an author or work by an author) – Start from a general work to the more specific
To find a review in ProQuest, use the Advance Search tab – enter the last name of the author – select document type book review.
Finally, you may use a number of tools to find literary criticism of children's literature. I will use Snow White as a search subject since there are different versions (print and film). Using ProQuest, choose the Advanced Search tab. Enter "snow white" (using quotes makes this a phrase) – leave the default set to citation and abstract – check the boxes for full text and Scholarly journals, including peer-reviewed. You may mark articles of interest and print out a bibliography. If you feel you are not getting enough relevant information, BROADEN your search, for example, use “FAIRY TALES”.
The New York Times Book Reviews (since 1981) http://www.nytimes.com/pages/books/index.html
Finally, you can use Google Scholar to search for scholarly literature. Keep in mind that Google will usually only let you know what is out there in the web. Often it will not give you the full text of an article. It is a great tool however, and allows you to search across many spectrums.