The first question to ask yourself:
What am I interested in? What strikes me? What do I want to know? Why does this matter? (But don't stop at this question and say it doesn't!! Force yourself to take the affirmative and say, "this matters because of ...")
Some ideas or starting points for literary research:
Using the Tools Effectively: Tips & Tricks for Literary Research
When using the library’s databases, take advantage of the built-in tools available to help you narrow or expand your search. Use database supplied subject terms, date limiters, and other options as a way to eliminate items that will not be useful to you.
Try alternative terms for searching. Sometimes you have to be creative about how you frame a search. It’s also helpful to keep a log of the search terms you have used and how effective or ineffective they were.
Follow the citation trail and use the bibliographies and works cited of articles you find to guide you to other resources related to your topic. It also gives you an indication of the other strands in the scholarly conversation.
Remember to cite where you found information, and if you plan ahead, request items through Interlibrary Loan if the Library does not own them.
Finally, if you are stuck and can’t find information ask a librarian or talk to your professor!
The MLA database is the premiere database for research in the humanities. It is a detailed bibliography of journal articles, books and dissertations. Produced by the Modern Language Association, the electronic version of the bibliography dates back to the 1920s and contains over 1.8 million citations from more than 4,400 journals & series and 1,000 book publishers.
It has built in tools that can help you find the most relevant articles or book chapters for your research.
First, there are many helpful ways to limit your search so your results are more relevant.
You can limit your results by:
You can also use the subject terms supplied to assist you in thinking of other ways to search. Many of them are hyperlinked so you can click on them to execute a new search.
When you look at a record it will tell which subject terms are being used, and if the full text is available you will see a PDF icon for the text just beneath the citation.
Writing prior to 1492
Indigenous cultures - Examples would be literature of the Aztec, Maya, and Inca cultures.
Mostly oral tradition.
This period extends from around 1492 to approximately the early 1700s
Conquest or Discovery Literature
Example: Bartolom é de las Casas, “La Rebeli ón de Enriquillo”
17th Century was the height of this period
Example: Sor Juana, “Respuesta” “Redonillas I” “Sonetos”
1750's - 1830's
Example: Andrés Bello, “Autonomia” & “Búsqueda…”
1832 - 1888
1882 - 1910
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