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ENG 201: Art of Interpretation

Spring 2012

Professor: Elizabeth Baer
Librarian: Michelle Twait

Table of Contents:

Finding Books
  • MnPALS Plus
    The online catalog to the library at Gustavus Adolphus College. Choose "All Libraries" in the search options to search other MnPALS libraries (such as Minnesota State schools) and request books through Interlibrary Loan. View our MnPALS Plus tutorial.
  • WorldCat
    Includes over 40 million bibliographic records representing cataloged resources in 400 languages owned by libraries around the world. Materials date back to the 11th century. Owning libraries can be identified for books, journals, archival resources and electronic resources. Access to WorldCat is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM); the database can also be searched through its free web interface, at
    1000 CE-present; updated daily
Reference Works
  • Book Review Index
    Gale Research Company 1965 -
    Indexes book reviews for some 50,000 books annually appearing in around 450 popular and scholarly publications. It covers more scholarly books than those indexed in Book Review Digest, but does not provide any excerpts from reviews. Search by title or author.
    • Location(s): Reference Z1035 .A1 B7
    1965 - present
  • Concise Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms
    Oxford: Clarendon 2000 2nd edition
    Terms such as "iamb," "imagery," and "new historicism" are defined here. This handbook is notable for its clear and concise discussions of terms used in current critical theory.
  • Contemporary Authors
    Detroit: Gale 1962-
    This series gives biographical information, brief bibliographies of works by and about the author and sometimes further background information such as an interview. It is concerned solely with modern writers, and covers writers in fields outside of literature. Check the most recent cumulative index to locate biographies in any of the volumes and to locate biographies published in other Gale biographical series. Note: As of 2009, the library will no longer have an active subscription to Contemporary Authors, but the older editions will be kept in the Reference Collection.
    • Location(s): Ref PN 771 .C632
  • Encyclopedia of Contemporary Literary Theory: Approaches, Scholars, Terms
    Toronto: University of Toronto 1993
    Provides information in three sections: approaches such as Marxist, formalist, or feminist; scholars, covering the work of key theorists, and terms such as code, canon, and intertextuality.
    • Location(s): Ref PN 81 .E43 1993
  • Encyclopedia of Feminist Literary Theory
    Garland 1997
    Offers short definitions of important terms, overviews of critics' theories, and longer essays on topics such as pornography, violence, beauty, and the body.
    • Location(s): Ref PN 98 .W64 E53 1997
  • Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism
    Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP 2005 2nd edition
    Excellent overview articles of theory, covering schools of thought such as feminist theory and reader-response, critical history by nationality, and theories developed by important individuals such as Bakhtin, Lacan, or Aristotle. Each essay is written by a specialist and helpful bibliographies are appended.
    • Location(s): Ref PN 81 .J554 2005
  • Something About the Author
    Detroit: Gale Research
    The single most complete source of biographical and critical information about children's book authors. In addition to lengthy survey articles there are numerous photographs and illustrations. Frequently interviews and autobiographical statements are included. Use the index in the most recent volume to find which volumes include information on a given writer. Note: As of 2009, the library will no longer have an active subscription to Something About the Author, but the older editions will be kept in the Reference Collection.
    • Location(s): Ref PN 451 .S6
Finding Critical Articles
  • MLA International Bibliography
    The major research resource for information on English literature, foreign languages and linguistics. Includes references to scholarly articles, books, book chapters, book reviews, and dissertations from 1963 to the present. This database is HUGE and includes a lot of obscure sources. Use the yellow "Find it!" button to see if we have the source electronically, in print via MnPALS, or to send an interlibrary loan request.
    1923-present; updated 9 times yearly
  • Academic Search Premier
    The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database, Academic Search Premier indexes nearly 8,050 publications and provides full text for nearly 4,600, including more than 3,500 peer-reviewed journals. Coverage also includes many newspapers and popular magazines and spans virtually every area of academic study since 1975. Updated daily. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM). View our Academic Search Premier tutorial.
    1975-present; updated daily
    Full-text backfiles to over 350 scholarly journals from more than 25 academic disciplines published between the 19th and 21st centuries in the JSTOR Arts & Sciences I, Arts & Sciences II, and Language & Literature collections. JSTOR provides complete journal backruns from the date of initial publication up to a "moving wall" of 3 to 5 years before the present year. To limit your search to full text articles, make sure that the option to "include links to external content" is turned off.
    1831-recent years
  • LexisNexis Academic
    Search current news, business information (including business news and corporate financials), and legal news and information. International news sources are also included.
    Coverage varies by title; mostly 1980s-present
  • Project MUSE
    Project MUSE provides full text electronic access to over 100 scholarly journals in humanities, the social sciences, and mathematics. Topics covered include literary theory; classics; history and cultural studies; philosophy; film, theatre and the performing arts; political science and mathematics.
More Library Resources
  • Assignment Calculator
    The Assignment Calculator can help you stay on track as you research and write an assignment. Just enter your start date and due date, and the Assignment Calculator will suggest tips and deadlines for completing the steps of the research and writing process. Based on the original Assignment Calculator from the University of Minnesota.
  • Citing Your Sources
    Learn how to cite your resources in MLA, APA, and Chicago Style. In addition to these online style guides, print style guides (and The Everyday Writer) are available both at the library reference desk and at the Writing Center (Confer 232). This page also includes links to RefWorks and EndNote Web.
    • Zotero
      Zotero is a powerful citation management program that works as a Firefox plug-in. By clicking on an icon in a browser toolbar, you can store citations from databases, library catalogs, Amazon, and many websites. You can also add sources by filling in a form or edit citations that don't use standard formatting. Add notes, organize into project folders, synch across computers, view stored citations from any web browser or mobile device, share projects, and create bibliographies in any of a large number of citation styles by simply dragging and dropping citations. To integrate your citations into a word processor (Word or Open Office) another plug-in is available.
  • Interlibrary Loan
    Materials not available at Gustavus may be borrowed from other libraries and sent here for you to use.
    • Location(s): Library - Main Floor
  • Reference Desk
    Need additional assistance? Stop by the reference desk. Librarians can point you to the best resources for your research project.

    During the academic year, the reference desk is staffed six days a week except during holidays and breaks. When classes are in session, reference librarians are available at the following times:
    Monday - Thursday 10:00 - 5:00 & 6:00 - 10:00, Friday 10:00 - 5:00, and Sunday 2:00 - 10:00.

    You can also e-mail a librarian ( or IM/Chat with a librarian.

Contacting Michelle
I'm happy to meet with you at any time to chat about your research. I can suggest additional sources, advanced search techniques, and troubleshoot problems you may encounter. Email Michelle at or call x7563.

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