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Critical Essays on James Weldon Johnson

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Critical Essays on James Weldon Johnson - Lawrence J. Oliver
Call Number: PS3519.O2625
ISBN: 0783800339
Publication Date: 1997

 

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You can contact me for assistance at rhankins@tamu.edu.  I am on Chat With Us every Tuesday evening from 6-10 pm.

Developing a research project.

 

Catalogs

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.

Get It For Me

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.

 

Specialized Catalogs

  • Library of Congress catalog
  • Catalogs of ARL Libraries. The Association of Research Libraries is comprised of over 120 of the largest libraries in the United States and Canada. 
  • British Library Catalog lists over twelve million items in the British Library's outstanding collections.
  • COPAC is a union catalogue. It provides access to the merged online catalogues of 24 major university research libraries in the UK and Ireland, plus the British Library, the National Library of Scotland, and the National Library of Wales/Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru.
  • Useful Guides and Reference Works

    MLA Literary Research Guide

    This is the online edition of Harner's Literary Research Guide.  Indispensable.

    Guide to Reference

    Guide to Reference is a selective guide to the best reference sources, organized by academic discipline.

    Literary Encyclopedia

    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.

    Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism

    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.

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    Research Tip: Doing a Literature Search

    I.  Getting Started with a Workshop Video (Highly recommended!)
    • Get Lit: the Literature Review -  This video 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 presented by Candace Schaefer in the Texas A&M University Writing Center.
       < http://writingcenter.tamu.edu/?s=get+lit&submit=Go > and Choose Get Lit
       
    II.  What is a Literature Review?
    • Generally, 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, reviews of literature, and theoretical articles.
      <http://writing.wisc.edu/Handbook/ReviewofLiterature.html>

    •  A literature review can be just a simple summary of the sources, but it usually has an organizational pattern and combines both summary and synthesis. A summary is a recap of the important information of the source, but a synthesis is a re-organization, or a reshuffling, of that information. It might give a new interpretation of old material or combine new with old interpretations. Or it might trace the intellectual progression of the field, including major debates. And depending on the situation, the literature review may evaluate the sources and advise the reader on the most pertinent or relevant. 
      < http://writingcenter.unc.edu/resources/handouts-demos/specific-writing-assignments/literature-reviews >

    • See also VIII - Systematic Review vs Traditional Narrative Review

    III.  What Major Steps Literature Reviews Require?

    • 1. Develop a review protocol. Protocols define the scope of studies that will be reviewed, the process through which studies will be identified, and the outcomes that will be examined. Protocols also specify the time period during which relevant studies will have been conducted, the outcomes to be examined in the review, and keyword strategies for the literature search.
      2. Identify relevant studies, often through a systematic search of the literature.
      3. Screen studies for relevance and the adequacy of study design, implementation, and reporting.
      4. Retrieve and summarize information on the intervention studied, the study characteristics, and the study findings.
      5. Combine findings within studies and across studies when relevant.
      < http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/pdf/reference_resources/wwc_procedures_v2_1_standards_handbook.pdf>

    • The basic stages in a typical research project are: i) identify your topic of interest, ii) perform a literature review, iii) generate related questions, iv) state your unsolved problem or hypothesis, v) find or develop a solution, and vi) document your results.
      <http://www.iris.ethz.ch/msrl/education/iris_studies/pdf/literature_review.pdf>

    • The four stages required:
      Problem formulation—which topic or field is being examined and what are its component issues?
      Literature search—finding materials relevant to the subject being explored
      Data evaluation—determining which literature makes a significant contribution to the understanding of the topic
      Analysis and interpretation—discussing the findings and conclusions of pertinent literature
      < 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, and those offering alternative theses entirely)
    • Explanation of how each work is similar to and how it varies from the others


    V.    Which Citation Tool Are You Going to Use to Manage the Search Results?

    VII. Systematic Literature Review vs Narrative Review

    VIII.  Other Useful Guides

    While the above guide provides some assistance, Gail and Wendi are happy to sit down and help with specific topics.

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