Purpose: To acquaint you with materials in Cornette Library and on the World Wide Web that will make research for your assignment easier.
- Excellent place to start research.
- Provide background information.
- Include basic information sources like dictionaries, encyclopedias, bibliographies, chronologies, and research guides.
- The English Romantic Poets: A Review of Research and Criticism
- PR 590 .E5 1985 Ref.
- Lengthy essays on the works and criticism of William Blake; William Wordsworth; Samuel Taylor Coleridge; George Gordon, Lord Byron; Percy Bysshe Shelley; and John Keats; as well as an overview chapter entitled "The Romantic Movement in England." Somewhat dated since published in 1985.
- The Explicator Encyclopedia: Volume II: Traditional Poetry: Medieval to Late Victorian
- PR 401 .E9 V.2 Ref.
- Information from The Explicator from 1942-1962 on numerous poets. Poets are in alphabetical order. Dated since published in 1968.
- Poetry Criticism
- PN 1010 .P499 Ref.
- Multi-volume work. Subtitle reads: "Excerpts from criticism of the works of the most significant and widely studied poets of world literature". Each volume has a cumulative author index. Periodic cumulative title index.
- Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism
- PN 761 .N5 Ref.
- Multi-volume work. Authors who died between 1800 and 1899. Excerpts from criticism with citations. Includes "the most significant interpretations" of these authors' works. Each volume has a cumulative author index. Periodic cumulative title index.
- Cornette Library's online catalog
- Includes books, government documents, videos, journal titles, etc. available throughout the Library. Suggested searches include:
- a keyword search for your subject, such as Victorian poetry.
- the LC subject heading for a specific time and place such as English poetry 19th century history and criticism.
To determine the most appropriate subject headings for your search, refer to the red Library of Congress Subject Headings near the Reference computers in the Library or search the online Library of Congress Authorities Catalog.
- Online catalog for libraries around the world.
- Lists Cornette Library books along with many more in other libraries.
- Search by keyword, author, title, or subject.
- Request books not in Cornette Library through the pre-filled Interlibrary loan form. Allow at least two weeks for the books to arrive.
Provide current information
- Library shelves contain more than 1500 bound and current journals.
- Microform (film or fiche) available for dozens of leading newspapers, as well as other periodicals.
- Databases index articles found in journals and magazines.
- Citation only;
- Citation and a short summary of the article (abstract);
- Full text;
- General, covering many kinds of topics, and specialized, for specific disciplines.
- For this assignment be sure to use scholarly sources, not general interest magazines. The differences are important, for citation and for evaluating reliability.
How to Access Databases
- On-campus: In the library or HELC.
- Off-campus: Login with your Buff Advisor username (for example, js123456) and your Buff Advisor password (for example, buffaloes).
- Database citations not in full-text may be located in Cornette Library's online catalog, or the list of online journals.
- Use Interlibrary Loan to request articles inaccessible through Cornette library. Allow up to 3 weeks for articles to arrive.
- MLA Bibliography
- Contains more than 1.8 million citations on language, literature, linguistics, and folklore. Links to full text.
- Literature Resource Center
- Full text resource that includes biographical, bibliographical, and critical information on some 2,500 literary writers and their works.
- Displays in most of our databases. Links from a citation to one or more of the following:
- One or more links to full-text of the cited article,
- A link to a pre-set search of the Cornette Library catalog for the cited item,
- A link to a pre-filled Interlibrary Loan request form for the article, or
- A link to various help options.
- For more information see the tutorial Using SFX to Link to Articles
- Ask at the Reference Desk (first floor) or Periodicals Desk (second floor).
- Call 651-2215 during the hours Cornette Library is open.
- Use the "Ask A Librarian" form for electronic reference support.
- The World Wide Web is an excellent source of information.
- Not everything found on the Web is accurate.
- You must evaluate information on the Web.
- British Poetry 1780-1910: A Hypertext Archive of Scholarly Editions
- Romantic Circles: Electronic Editions
- Voice of the Shuttle: Victorian
- Searchable lists of annotated web sites, discussion lists, and electronic journals that have met specific selection criteria.
- Scout Report Archives
- Scholarly. Keyword or advanced search. Results listed by relevance.
- INFOMINE Scholarly Internet Resource Collections
- Scholarly. Keyword search or browse by general subject area. Can limit to free sites.
- ipl2 - "Information You Can Trust" (merger of Internet Public Library and Librarians' Index to the Internet)
- General public interest. Keyword search, or browse by general topic and subtopic.
Why must I cite the sources I use for research projects?
- To give credit to the author of the information you use.
- To avoid plagiarism (WTAMU Code of Student Life: Appendix I-Academic Integrity Code)
a serious offense that can result in failure or expulsion.
- So that others can verify the information.
- To assist others in doing their own research.
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers
- Dr. Smith requires you to use MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th edition.
- A copy of this manual is located at the Reference Desk.
- Additional assistance is available from our Citation Basics web page.
- Suggestions for improvements?
- Particularly helpful items?
- Please email Linda Chenoweth.