Subject Librarian for Classics, Dramatic Art, & English/Comparative Literature
Davis Reference Desk
How Do I? Cite Sources? Conduct a Literature Review, etc.?
Through the Carolina BLU Delivery Service, you can request to have books and articles available at any of the UNC-CH campus libraries, as well as books and articles requested through interlibrary loan, delivered to the campus library most convenient to you.
This Library of Congress classification system holds true for any library in the world using the LC system. For example, Literatures & Languages will always be classed in the Ps. History of Asia will be classed in the DS subclass.
Summon Search Engine
What is Summon? With one simple search box, Summon allows you to easily discover relevant information on any topic from UNC's library collection. Start your research here and find digital content such as scholarly journals, newspaper articles, eBooks, dissertations, and more. Just enter your search terms and use the options on the left side of results screen to refine your search. From there you can quickly get to the full-text online. Try orientalism in literature or orientalism Madame Butterfly .
Example of an academic journal article (click on the Project Muse icon to view full text)
As with encyclopedic resources, there are indexes for almost any topic that might be supplemental to historical research, and these may be arranged by subject discipline, by period, by region, by gender or ethnicity. If you are unsure of an appropriate index to use, try searching E-Research Tools By Subject and first try the "Recommended Databases."
MLA International Bibliography Plus Full Text via Chadwyck-Healey's LiteratureOnline
MLA is a specialized database for literary criticism, allowing for thematic searching within works of literature or in relation to an author or authors, etc. MLA now links to articles in Project Muse and JSTOR, two major full-text journal collections.
Film & Television Literature Index
This index covers over 300 journal and magazine titles for film and television reviews, scholarly and critical analysis of cinema and television, and articles of popular interest about film and television.
Dissertations & Theses
Indexes US dissertations from 1861 to as recent as last semester with full text available from 1997 on.
Subject searching for books in the Library's catalog is often best done by beginning with a Keyword Search . Start with a Keyword Search and identify one or more relevant books. Then look at the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) given in the Full Records of those titles. You can follow the subject heading links in the catalog to find similar books, or you can use the terms in the subject headings to revise your search strategies.
Keyword Search: "new woman" japan
Search by LC Subject Heading: Feminism -- Japan.
Search by LC Subject Heading: Women -- Japan.
POTENTIALLY USEFUL LIBRARY OF CONGRESS SUBJECT HEADINGS
Search for books By a literary author as an Author search; search for books About a literary author as a Subject search.
Author: Natsume, Soseki, 1867-1916.
Subject: Natsume, Soseki, 1867-1916..
Subject encyclopedias can be very useful for providing an overview and context for a variety of specialized topics. Most essays will also include a bibliography. A number of reference books from Oxford U. Press are now available electronically via Oxford Reference Online Premium.
Literature Resource Center
LRC offers a wealth of biographical and critical material on literary authors.
The Oxford dictionary of literary terms [electronic resource]Chris Baldick. 3rd ed. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2008.
A handbook to literature. William Harmon. 11th ed. Upper Saddle River, N.J. : Pearson Prentice Hall, c2009.
A very clearly written handbook.
Davis Reference Desk PN41 .H355 2009
MLA handbook for writers of research papers. Joseph Gibaldi. 7th ed. New York : Modern Language Association of America, 2009.
Davis Reference Desk LB2369 .G53 2009
Oxford English Dictionary
A comprehensive dictionary of the English Language that stresses the historical origins of words.
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