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Engl 881: research methods “LIBRARY” research in Secondary & primary sources. May 2012 Holly Hendrigan , Liaison Librarian hah1@sfu.ca. Workshop objectives . Understand wher e to find and how to search: Secondary Sources MLA Historical Abstracts Shakespearean Criticism

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engl 881 research methods library research in secondary primary sources

Engl 881: research methods“LIBRARY” research inSecondary & primary sources

May 2012

Holly Hendrigan, Liaison Librarian hah1@sfu.ca

workshop objectives
Workshop objectives

Understand where to find and how to search:

  • Secondary Sources
    • MLA
    • Historical Abstracts
    • Shakespearean Criticism
  • Primary Sources:
    • Early English Books Online
secondary sources
Secondary sources
  • Library Search/Fast Search
  • MLA Bibliography
  • Historical Abstracts
  • Shakespearean Criticism
library search fast search
Library Search/Fast Search
  • Search boxes on Library’s home page
  • Integrated Library catalogue and ~65% of our full-text e-journals
  • Don’t overlook books!
  • Fast Search: it’s fast, but it’s not smart
search example
Search example
  • Library search: shakespeare cultural materialist
  • Article: Short Shrift: Religion and Materialist Criticism
  • Book: Materialist Shakespeare : a history / edited by IvoKamps.
    • IN at Bennett Library: Request item
    • Check out subject headings:
      • Literature and society -- England -- History -- 16th century.
fast way to find known items
Fast way to find known items
  • Search:
  • Writing criticism jonathan culler
  • “A Note on the Current State of Humanities Scholarship”
mla international bibliography
MLA International Bibliography
  • Comprehensive
  • Excellent indexing
  • Warning:
    • “International” means that much content is non-English
    • “Comprehensive” means that many articles and dissertations will require an Interlibrary Loan. Start early!
search example1
Search example
  • Shakespeare and historicism: 112 results
  • Article “More Than History Can Pattern': Shakespeare and Historicism”: Where can I get this?
  • Book chapter “Teaching Shakespeare and the Uses of Historical Formalism”
  • “Shakespeare's Gifts: Self-Fashioning, Authorising, Stephen Greenblatt” SFU does not own: need to ILL
cool stuff in mla and other ebsco dbs
Cool stuff in MLA (and other EBSCO DBs)
  • Advanced search
  • Folders
  • Citation tools
  • Switch to other databases

Some overlap with MLA, but it indexes primarily history journals

  • Eg search Shakespeare and historicist
  • 14 results. #6: “The new historicism of Stephen Greenblatt: On poetics of culture and the interpretation of....”
    • In journal History & Theory: Not indexed in MLA.
shakespearean criticism
Shakespearean Criticism
  • A series in the Gale Literary and Critical Databases
  • Takes a “wider lens” approach (more overviews)
  • Can be a real time-saver on a literature review for early and seminal critical works
  • Warning: need to go elsewhere for contemporary criticism
primary sources1
Primary Sources
  • A primary source is a document or other sort of evidence written or created during the time under study, or by one of the persons or organizations directly involved in the event.
  • Primary sources offer an inside view of a particular event.

Diaries Speeches Letters

Minutes Autobiographies Official records

Poetry Drama Novels

Music Art Etc...

digital archives
Digital Archives
  • Pre-Internet times: research libraries held collections of primary sources on microfilm
  • Today, libraries purchase digital collections
eebo early english books online
EEBO: Early English Books Online
  • Microfilming of British Library historical collections began in 1931
  • Not quite complete, but getting closer
  • Two routes into EEBO:
    • 1. Library Search. All books are in the catalogue
    • 2. Through the library databases page (later)
searching for known items
Searching for known items

Library Search:

Look up document Drunkard’s Character written by Richard Younge in 1638 

  • Some of these repositories have THOUSANDS of full-text documents
  • These repositories lack the “relevance” algorithm
  • Use the “Advanced Search” features to increase your success rate
    • Use subject headings whenever possible
eebo subject keyword feature
EEBO Subject keyword feature
  • Eg: “Tavern” as keyword: 5964 hits in 2622 records
  • “Taverns (Inns) – England” as subject keyword: 36 hits in 35 records
fascinated by primary sources
Fascinated by primary sources?
  • Check out our Primary Sources guide
  • Some of the more popular sources listed on the ENGL 881 guide

Help is available!!!

  • Holly Hendrigan, MATE liaison librarian
    • hah1@sfu.ca
    • 778-782-8203

Thanks for your time! 