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Research- What is it?

Use this course guide to help build sources for your research project

If at any time you feel confused or frustrated, please ask for help!

Research requires:

  • time
  • patience
  • focus
  • initiative
  • reasoning
  • analysis

A word on Primary Sources

The definition of primary source varies widely from discipline to discipline.  In literature, primary sources are the original, creative work of an author, including poetry, plays, nonfiction prose, novels, and short stories.  An author's correspondence or journals are also considered primary sources.  


Interlibrary Loan

If you need a book or article that we don't have, you can get it via Interlibrary Loan (ILL).



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  • MLA International Bibliography  
    Contains more than 1.8 million citations about language, literature, linguistics and folklore (culture). Source types include journals, books, dissertations, bibliographies and conference proceedings.
  • Project Muse  
    Focuses primarily on humanities and language, offers full-text of more than 250 journals. Some coverage for the performing arts, social sciences, and education. All publications are scholarly, peer-reviewed journals. 25 journals continue the JSTOR coverage of the publication.
  • JSTOR  
    Back volumes for 880 journals from volume 1, issue 1, but not the most current 2-5 years. About 20 titles have coverage through the most recent issue, and about 5 have current but not historical coverage. General subject areas include art & architecture, Asian studies, botany, ecology, economics, education, finance, history, language & literature, mathematics, music, philosophy, political science, population studies, sociology and statistics.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library  
    Full-text, searchable access to more than 175 specific encyclopedias in many subjects, including business, social sciences, history, biography, religion, popular culture, and much more.
  • Ulrichsweb Global Serials Directory  
    Comprehensive international list of journals, magazines, newspapers, and online full-text electronic references. For each title indicates subject area, publisher, publication schedule, where indexed/abstracted, if peer reviewed and more. Search by title, ISSN, publisher, subject, keyword, dates, and more.
  • Literary Reference Center (EBSCO)
    Over 35,000 plot summaries, synopses and work overviews, nearly 100,000 articles/essays of literary criticism, 252,000 author biographies, 693,000 book reviews, over 78,400 classic and contemporary poems, more than 19,700 classic and contemporary short stories, and more than 6,600 author interviews.
  • Oxford English Dictionary (OED)  
    Online version of the premier dictionary of English language, with more than 600,000 words. Search for a specific word or phrase, or browse by categories, language, region, etc. Each word has definitions, examples, pronunciation guide and chronology of usage. Updated four times a year with new words and revised entries.
  • ARTstor  

    Over 1.6 million digital images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and sciences with a suite of tools for teaching and research. Collections comprise contributions from international museums, photographers, libraries, scholars, photo archives, artists, and artists' estates. Valuable for art history, African-American history, anthropology, decorative arts, fashion and costume, languages and literature, medieval studies, music history, theatre and dance, and much more.

    Users can gain additional functionality by registering for an account, including downloading images and creating image groups. More about registering and other helpful tips on ARTstor's YouTube Channel.

    Faculty with an Instructor Level User login can create sharable image folders & Personal Collections by adding their own images and MP3 files. To log in as an Instructor Level User, contact Linda Chenoweth for authorization code and password

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