Literary Reference Center is a great place to start.
►Results will include the full text of credible secondary sources -- journal & encyclopedia articles, excerpts from books, news articles & book reviews.
►Most results also include the full text of primary sources -- period articles, book reviews, and interviews.
►Use quotation marks around the name if results include too many unrelated sources.
• Go to the Library web page, enter your topic in the search box and GO!
►Use quotation marks to search by phrases.
►Refine search results by checking format, content, topic, etc.
►Books & articles available electronically will usually (but not always!) have a View Now button.
►Click on Availability to find print copies in Memorial Library.
►Use the Request Item Through Interlibrary Loan button to get books & articles that are not part of Memorial Library's collection. The link will automatically fill in the request form for you once you've set up an ILLiad account.
►Direct or firsthand evidence about an event, object, person, or work of art.
►Usually written or made during or close to the event or time period.
►Add terms such as memoirs, letters, diaries, and interviews to searches.
►Try some of the historical databases below.
Most databases, including the Library's main search box, will format citations in MLA format for you:
►On the database record for a book or article, look for links to Cite or Cite/Export.
►Choose MLA, then cut & paste the formatted citation into your document.
Or, use a reference management tool such as Zotero to create a database of your sources & automatically format citations.
For more details about MLA style, use the Purdue OWL MLA Formatiing & Style Guide. Here's the link:
► Use the bibliography/reference list of the articles & books you find to track down additional sources. ► Check relevant articles in Google Scholar to see if they've been cited by other authors. ► Call or email me to make an appointment for a research consultation!