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FYS: The Amazing Adventures of Michael Chabon

Library research tips for Professor Helene Meyers' FYS

Books at SLC

Search Strategy: Use Keywords or Subject Headings

When searching for books and articles on topics for this course, think about keywords / synonyms related to the research question you are exploring; try pairing those terms with united states and history to narrow your results to more relevant sources. 

Here are a few subject terms to get you thinking:

antisemitism united states  |  comic books united states history | homosexuality  |  gay liberation movement united states |  jews united states | suburbs united states history |  jewish refugees government policy united states

Start your search for books and more in WorldCat.

Search Tip

When you find a good book on your topic in WorldCat, use the "More like this" subject links to find additional books classified under the same heading. Subject headings are standardized tags that describe the content of an item. You can use these tags to find material on the same topic regardless of the words used in the material’s text.

Suggested Databases for Articles

Academic Search Complete is a comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database. Start your research for articles here!  Tip #1: When you view a full record for an article, read the abstract, or summary, to quickly decide if it is useful for your research.  Tip #2: Use the subject links from the full record to find additional articles.

JSTOR is a multi-disciplinary database which provides scholarly, full-text content. While coverage goes all the way back to the 19th century, be aware there is no current content for many journals. 

Project MUSE is another multi-disciplinary, full-text, scholarly journal source.

A terrific resource for finding film reviews.

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Finding Film Reviews

Academic Search Complete and LexisNexis Academic are good databases in which to find movie reviews. In Academic Search Complete, construct your search like the example in the box below, selecting Reviews and Products from the drop down menu next to the Search box.

In LexisNexis Academic, enter the movie title and movie review or film review in the search box. In the Advanced Options box, limit your search to Newspapers.

MLA Citation Style

Research isn't complete until you correctly cite all your sources. Provide a complete citation to credit the authors / creators of sources you used, and to let your paper's reader locate and verify these sources. Dr. Meyers requires you to use MLA style for this course. 

Purdue OWL -- Online Writing Lab -- covers the basics of MLA formatting and style. For the most complete information, use the Handbook, available in the Research Commons and on Reserve.