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ENG201: Foundations of Literary Studies: Casebook Tips

Casebook Tips

Below are tips for each casebook requirement.

**Most importantly, groups are encouraged to make an appointment for a consultation with a librarian. To do so, stop by the Reference Desk (no appointment necessary).

1. Most of the literary criticism you need should be found in Literature Resource Center. Tips:

  • Search by title of work and/or author.
  • Sort by Date Ascending to see oldest articles first, which may be helpful in following the reception history. 
  • Look at the right of each result to see Document Type, or limit by Document Type using the Advanced Search
  • Also look at suggested Subjects on the left to narrow down results.
  • For an LRC video tutorial, click here.

   Also try the following strategies & tools:

  • JSTOR is good for finding some reception history because it includes older articles. After searching, sort results Oldest to NewestBasic searching is covered in this short video (4:50).
  • Academic Search Premier is not the optimal database for literary research, but you may find some useful articles. Limit to Scholarly using the Advanced Search.  This video (4:49) covers how to use this and other EBSCO products.
  • Annotated versions of texts, if available, can be particularly helpful. Search UD's library catalog for UD materials and search WorldCat for materials UD does not own but may be available via Interlibrary Loan.
  • Note that for book reviews published soon after the novel, accessibility varies. UD does not currently subscribe to a historical newspapers database. Some original book reviews are linked from this guide (see tab for your novel). For additional resources, see a librarian.

2.  See tips for #1.

3. Search in the library catalog using a Subject Keyword search for your author's last name and the word criticism. (For example, Kerouac criticism).

4. Note which critics are cited elsewhere. Tracking who cites whom can be one way of placing various critics in context.

  • To find out if UD subscribes to a journal, search by journal title on the Journal List.
  • If you need information about a journal, search by journal title in Ulrich's Periodical Directory or go to the journal's website.

Tools for Facilitating Group Work

OneDrive: online versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, etc. allowing sharing & collaborative work. Available through your UD email. Once logged into your UD email account, choose the gird boxes in the upper left and select the applicable program. Log into Office365 and start your document. To share with collaborators, select Share and invite them using their UD email addresses, setting permissions as appropriate.

Google Drive (formerly Google Docs): free online software that allows you to share documents and collaboratively work on them. Includes comments feature and most word processing features. Sharing works similarly to OneDrive.

MLA citation

The library has created cheat sheets with basic citation examples and paper formatting tips for APA and MLA.