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 Library search: shakespeare cultural materialist Article: Short Shrift: Religion and Materialist Criticism Book: Materialist Shakespeare : a history / edited by Ivo Kamps. IN at Bennett Library: Request item Check out subject headings: Literature and society -- England -- History -- 16th century.
Fast way to find known items Search: Writing criticism jonathan culler “A Note on the Current State of Humanities Scholarship”
Practice on Library Search
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 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) Advanced search Folders Citation tools Switch to other databases
Shortcut to Historical Abstracts
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 A series in the Gale Literary and Critical DatabasesGale 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
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. DiariesSpeechesLetters MinutesAutobiographiesOfficial records PoetryDramaNovels MusicArtEtc...
Digital Archives Pre-Internet times: research libraries held collections of primary sources on microfilm Today, libraries purchase digital collections
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 Library Search: Look up document Drunkard’s Character written by Richard Younge in 1638
Detective work in primary sources
WARNING: 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 EEBO Subject keyword feature Eg: “Tavern” as keyword: 5964 hits in 2622 records “Taverns (Inns) – England” as subject keyword: 36 hits in 35 records
EEBO Practice time
Fascinated by primary sources? Check out our Primary Sources guidePrimary Sources Some of the more popular sources listed on the ENGL 881 guide
Questions? Help is available!!! Holly Hendrigan, MATE liaison librarian Thanks for your time!