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.
Useful Guides and Reference Works
This is the online edition of Harner's Literary Research Guide. Indispensable.
Guide to Reference is a selective guide to the best reference sources, organized by academic discipline.
Entries in The Literary Encyclopedia are divided into three databases, People, Works and Topics & Events. All articles are aimed at a “higher introductory” level for university / college reading - neither too long nor too short; neither too simple nor too complex. We offer very good coverage of English, American, Canadian, German and Russian literatures as well as substantial and increasing coverage of French, Italian, Japanese, Classical Greek, Latin, Hispanic and East European. (Other major literatures to be added as resources permit.) So far we have published about 6528 completed articles, with a total of about 13.41 million words. We are currently adding around 40 articles to the Encyclopedia every month.
- People - includes basic data on over 6920 people (2797 with full profiles), mainly writers, but also philosophers, scientists, artists, historical figures and others of note. You can browse a list of completed profiles.
- Works - includes over 30816 works (3074 completed), mainly literary, but also historical, philosophical and scientific, which are indexed by date, genre and country. A large part of these are listed for bibliographical purposes, while others will be profiled as the Encyclopedia expands and develops. You can browse a list of completed profiles.
- Topics & Events - lists 16482 historical and literary events, for which it provides 10979 short notes (comprising major acts of parliament, wars, battles, epidemic diseases scientific and technological inventions, cultural shifts, concepts etc.) and 657 major essays on literary, critical, philosophical and historical concepts, themes and events. You can browse the list of short notes or essays.
|Compiled by 275 specialists from around the world, the Guide presents a comprehensive historical survey of the field's most important figures, schools, and movements. It includes more than 240 alphabetically arranged entries on critics and theorists, critical schools and movements, and the critical and theoretical innovations of specific countries and historical periods.|
Research Tip: Doing a Literature Search
- Searching for Literature Reviews: Before You Write, You Have to Find - Margaret Foster, Medical Sciences Library.
< http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=3Vw1-rljpuQ >
- Get Lit: the Literature Review - Candace Schaefer in the Texas A&M University Writing Center.
< http://writingcenter.tamu.edu/?s=get+lit&submit=Go > and Choose Get Lit
- The purpose of a review is to analyze critically a segment of a published body of knowledge through summary, classification, and comparison of prior research studies. It can be a simple summary of the sources, but it usually has an organizational pattern, combining both summary and synthesis.
<http://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/ReviewofLiterature.html> and < http://writingcenter.unc.edu/resources/handouts-demos/specific-writing-assignments/literature-reviews >
- See also VI - Systematic Review vs Traditional Narrative Review
III. What Major Steps Literature Reviews Require?
- Identify your topic of interest and formulate a research question
- Perform a literature review, finding materials relevant to the subject being explored
- Generate related questions and determine which literature makes a significant contribution to the understanding of the topic
- Analyze and interpret, discussing the findings and conclusions of pertinent literature
<http://www.iris.ethz.ch/msrl/education/iris_studies/pdf/literature_review.pdf> and < http://library.ucsc.edu/help/howto/write-a-literature-review#components >
IV. What Basic Elements Comprise a Literature Review?
- An overview of the subject, issue or theory under consideration, along with the objectives of the literature review
- Division of works under review into categories (e.g. those in support of a particular position, those against, etc)
- Explanation of how each work is similar to and how it varies from the others
- Conclusions as to which pieces are best considered in their argument, are most convincing of their opinions, and make the greatest contribution to the understanding and development of their area of research
< http://library.ucsc.edu/help/howto/write-a-literature-review#components >
V. Which Citation Tool Are You Going to Use to Manage the Search Results?
- Choose your citation tool before conducing your literature reviews. If you decide to use RefWorks, the information can be found at http://guides.library.tamu.edu/RefWorks.
VI. Systematic Literature Review vs Narrative Review