How can you reach a librarian for help with your research?
- in person at the Information/Reference Desk
- by telephone during library hours (623.845.3112)
- by 'live chat' via the Ask a Librarian service
- by appointment via the Reference Consultation service in order to discuss your research assignment in detail with a librarian
LMC GUIDE: Library Research is a brief guide to the research process from selecting a topic to citing your sources and includes typical resources you may want to use.
Topic Selection Sites
The library subscribes to three databases that discuss CONTEMPORARY ISSUES. These databases have print counterparts that are housed on the index table behind the Information/Reference desk.
Listed below are some web sites that can help you generate ideas for topics and link you to relevant web sites.
Virtual Reference Desks
These links to electronic "reference desks" will help you locate sites and information.
- Gale Virtual Reference Library provides access to popular Gale specialized encyclopedias and resources, such as Worldmark Encyclopedia of Nations, Encyclopedia of World Biography, World Education Encyclopedia, Gale Encyclopedia of Everyday Law, Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America. See a list.
- Oxford Reference Online provides access to 100 key Oxford dictionaries and reference works. It provides comprehensive coverage of over 20 broad subject areas.
- INFOMINE - contains over 22,000 links to significant, well-organized and well-described Internet accessible databases, journals, textbooks, reference sources, etc.
- The Internet Public Library
- Library Research - suggestions for locating ideas, researching a topic, and citing your sources
General Reference Sources
The library guide Specialized Encyclopedias lists some of library's encyclopedias that are devoted to special topics. Call numbers are included so you can locate them in the Reference Collection.
Literature Criticism Fulltext Resources
Our LMC Guide for Shakespeare lists a number of reference works about his works.
- Literature Resource Center From the vendor: "Resource Center provides access to biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of authors from every age and literary discipline. Combining Gale Group's core literary databases in a single online service, the Literature Resource Center covers more than 120,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalists, and other writers, with in-depth coverage of 2,500 of the most-studied authors."
- Literature Online. This is a fully searchable archive of nearly 200,000 poems, plays, and prose works by key authors from Literature Online, together with structured access to the best of current and historical criticism.
More than 500 "Study Pages" devoted to the most commonly studied contemporary and canonical authors feature a range of full-text resources carefully selected for their relevance, including poems, plays, novels, biographies, etc.
Cliffs Notes publications are a popular resource for literary research. These provide detailed plot summaries, character analysis and profiles, and criticism to help you understand and appreciate the work. The LMC owns some in print format, and others are available from NetLibrary, and e-book resource. To get to NetLibrary follow this sequence: Library Home page - Articles & Databases - E-books -NetLibrary.
- Pathfinders to literary resources - reference and circulating books, periodical articles, database sources, etc. - can help you quickly find relevant critical resources in our library.
- GCC English Department - provides links to WWW Resources for Writers
- Harvard: The Writing Center
- Dartmouth Writing Program
- University of Wisconsin-Madison Writing Center
- Researchpaper.com "The Web's largest collection of topics, ideas, and assistance."
- A+Research and Writing Guide. Provides a step-by-step guide to writing a research paper, research methodology and resources, and links to OWLS (Online Writing Labs) that provide guides to specific types of papers and essays (e.g., argumentative, narrative, comparative).
- NoodleTools: Smart Tools for Smart Research - A "Best Free Reference Web Site" of Reference and User Services Quarterly can help you get started on your research by directing you to appropriate internet sites, and it provides an interactive MLA-style bibliography composer to help you get the citation information in proper format.
- The Nuts and Bolts Guide to College Writing - a very good source for all aspects of writing, including the mechanics of grammar, types of papers, and citation formats (APA, MLA, Chicago).
Quick guides to MLA and APA formats prepared by the Library Media Center (pdf files).
Others you may want to consult: