ENG229 Literature and Medicine

ENG229 Literature and Medicine


Information Literacy Instruction 2010

Assist. Prof. Mark Jackson, Reference and Online Resources Librarian


Use Google Scholar to get a sense of what has been written in “scholarly” literature about your topic. What is a scholar? A scholar is a learned person; someone who by long study has gained mastery in one or more disciplines.


If you are going to use the Internet, look for high-quality authoritative sites that will provide first-quality information!


Evaluating what you find: Is it appropriate?


Cornell University Library’s Evaluating Web Sites: Criteria and Tools (http://www.library.cornell.edu/olinuris/ref/research/webeval.html) is an excellent site with plenty of great information.


Using Books


Use the Bloomfield College Library Online Catalog to find a book about your topic or author. Books and print forms of information are ESSENTIAL to a well-written, quality essay or research paper. Access the ONLINE CATALOG HERE


Using databases:


Literature Resource Center

ProQuest Research Library

Academic Search Premier


These databases can be accessed from the HERE [http://ezproxy.bloomfield.edu/public/databases.htm]

Databases can be accessed from home. You will be prompted to enter a username and password. Use the username and password that you use to access the Bloomfield College email system.


Why use these databases? They provide authoritative, research articles that are usually NOT available on the Web. These articles are from journals. A journal is a type of periodical that contains scholarly articles written by specialists aimed at other specialists in a particular field. An article in a scholarly journal is usually documented with footnotes and/or a bibliography. For the most part, scholarly journals are published monthly or quarterly and contain little advertising or few, if any, color illustrations. Also referred to as "Peer Reviewed" or "Refereed," a scholarly journal features articles that usually contain original research (qualitative or quantitative) and have been reviewed and selected by other scholars in order to be published.

Assessment: Use ProQuest, Academic Search Premier or any of the Literature resources, and locate one article that discusses some aspect of the author of your choice.

If you need help, email mark_jackson@bloomfield.edu