• Go to the Library web page, enter your topic in the center search box and GO!
►Search results will include books & ebooks, book chapters & articles (mostly scholarly), videos, and other sources.
►Refine search results by checking format, content, topic, etc.
►Books & articles available electronically will usually (but not always!) have a View Now button.
►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 if you are logged in to your library account.
Literary Reference Center Plus is a great resource to use for thorough research on literary topics - writers, genres, time periods, etc.
►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.
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 Formating & 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. ► Make an appointment for a research consultation!
Many students are inclined to start with Google and Wikipedia. That's fine for getting a basic introduction to your topic, and you may even find credible, scholarly websites that will be beneficial -- even crucial -- to your research. But to do a thorough job you MUST do two things:
►Critically evaluate any free web-based resources
►Go beyond the open web to ensure that you've found the best resources