ENG112 Information Literacy September 2009

Instructor: Assist. Prof. Mark Jackson, Reference & Online Resources Librarian




  • Introduction to basic research: books, journals, websites
  • You will learn how to use ProQuest to find reviews of books written for children
  • You will learn how to use the New York Times to find reviews of books written for children
  • Using Google Scholar to find citations of scholarly literature.


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”.


Literary Reference Center
Plot summaries, literary criticism, biographies, book reviews and interviews


Literature Resource Center
Critical essays and reviews, over 130,000 biographical entries, plus an encyclopedia of literary terms


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.



Mark Jackson,
Sep 17, 2009, 5:44 AM