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Professor Mikko Tuhkanen-Spring 2017
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This guide will introduce you to some of the best library and web resources for your Introduction to African American Literature class. If you have suggestions for how to improve this guide please contact me at, 979-845-1951.



Online Catalog LibCat includes the materials (books, journals, videos, documents and other materials) that the Libraries hold. Be aware that there are groups of materials not included in the catalog: many government documents and microform sets that we own may not appear in LibCat.

WorldCat Catalog of books and journals, the contents of over 14,000 research libraries, mainly in North America. Anything found on WorldCat that is not available in Evans Library can be ordered through Interlibrary Services or Get it for me.

CRLCATALOG (Center for Research Libraries). The Center for Research Libraries is a consortia headquartered at the University of Chicago. The consortia supports research and teaching in many fields including the liberal arts and humanities by acquiring and preserving newspapers, journals, and other types of documentary sources. Most materials can be requested through the TAMU Libraries' Get it for me service.

If we do not own what you need, you can request specific materials (books, journal articles, book chapters, etc.) by using the Get it for me link from the Libraries' web page, through WorldCat or various databases. In addition, if the book you want is at another campus library, Get it for me can deliver it to your preferred library on request.


Research Tip: Doing a Literature Search

A major part of a research project is conducting a review of the literature. This provides the background and context for the research that will be conducted and is a "comprehensive examination of all of the research and all of the literature done on a particular topic" as defined by Candace Schaefer in the Writing Center. The writing center has a very informative and engaging tutorial on what a Literature Review is and how to do it with their Get Lit video.

There are additional guides available from the libraries to assist with the literature review and, once the topic is known, the literature search.

The process for Finding Books differs from that for Finding Articles but a lot of the same strategies apply. Additional guides for specific subjects or topics will list databases, journals, datasets, books, etc. which are relevant: check Subject Guides and Class Guides for your topic.

While the above guide provides some assistance I am happy to sit down and help with specific topics.


    New Books

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    The Cambridge History of Gay and Lesbian Literature - E. L. McCallum (Editor); Mikko Tuhkanen (Editor)
    Call Number: PN56.H57 C365 2014
    ISBN: 9781107035218
    Publication Date: 2014-11-17
    The Cambridge History of Gay and Lesbian Literature presents a global history of the field and is an unprecedented summation of critical knowledge on gay and lesbian literature that also addresses the impact of gay and lesbian literature on cognate fields such as comparative literature and postcolonial studies. Covering subjects from Sappho and the Greeks to queer modernism, diasporic literatures, and responses to the AIDS crisis, this volume is grounded in current scholarship. It presents new critical approaches to gay and lesbian literature that will serve the needs of students and specialists alike. Written by leading scholars in the field, The Cambridge History of Gay and Lesbian Literature will not only engage readers in contemporary debates but also serve as a definitive reference for gay and lesbian literature for years to come.

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    Leo Bersani - Mikko Tuhkanen (Editor)
    Call Number: PN75.B45 L48 2014
    ISBN: 9781438454115
    Publication Date: 2014-12-01
    Examines the importance of Leo Bersani's work for queer theory, psychoanalysis, literary criticism and theory, cultural studies, and film studies.

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    Kindred - Octavia E. Butler
    ISBN: 0807083690
    Publication Date: 2004-02-01
    Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn back repeatedly through time to the slave quarters, and each time the stay grows longer, more arduous, and more dangerous until it is uncertain whether or not Dana's life will end, long before it has a chance to begin.

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    The American Optic - Mikko Tuhkanen
    Call Number: PS3519.O2625 Z56 1997
    ISBN: 9781438427638
    Publication Date: 2009-10-09
    Brings together critical race theory and psychoanalysis to examine African American and other diasporic African cultural production.


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