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Information Resources and Services for:
FTS 100-303: Stories, Selves and Communities

Fall 2006, 2006

Personnel:
Rebecca Fremo rtaylor@gac.edu


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 worldcat.org.
    1000 CE-present; updated daily
Finding Articles
The following databases will be most helpful in completing this assignment.
  • 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
  • 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; coverage dates back to the 1920's.
    1923-present; updated 9 times yearly
Reference Works
Reference works are helpful at two points in your research: when starting out (by offering overview articles of topics) or when nailing down unfamiliar terms or ideas that turn up during your research. Many reference book articles are written by experts and offer not only information but excellent bibliographies for further research.
  • Education/Literacy
    • The Native American almanac : a portrait of Native America today
      1993
      REF. E77 .H59 1993
    • Statistical record of Native North Americans
      1993
      REF. E98.P76 S73 1993
  • Historical Perspectives
    • Reference encyclopedia of the American Indian
      2000
      REF. E76.2 .R33 2000
    • Gale encyclopedia of Native American tribes
      1998
      REF. E77 .G15 1998
    • Native America in the twentieth century : an encyclopedia
      1994
      REF. E76.2 .N36 1994
  • Literature
    • Native American Writers of the United States
      1997
      REF PS221.A5 v.175
      This volume of the Dictionary of Literary Biography includes an entry on Silko.
    • American Writers
      REF P2129.A55, suppl. 4, pt. 2
      This volume of this series contains an entry on Silko.
    • Native North American literature : biographical and critical information on native writers and orators from the United States and Canada from historical times to the present
      1994
      REF. PS508.I5 N38 1994
    • American ethnic literatures : native American, African American, Chicano/Latino, and Asian American writers and their backgrounds : an annotated bibliography
      1992
      REF. PS153.M56 P43 1992
Web Sites
  • Finding Websites
    • INFOMINE: Scholarly Internet Resource Collections
      A librarian-built virtual library of Internet resources relevant to faculty, students, and research staff at the university level. It contains useful Internet resources such as databases, electronic journals, electronic books, bulletin boards, mailing lists, online library card catalogs, articles, directories of researchers, and many other types of information.
    • Google Scholar
      Searches university and government websites to find scholarly research resources. Many of the hits are for books and articles that may be found in the Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library.
Citing Sources
Good research methods and writing practices to ensure authenticity, originality, and academic honesty.
  • Research Methods & Citing Sources
    • Be organized!
      Xerox the title page of your sources, print the citation of your articles/keep the interlibrary loan request sheet, and/or keep your bibliography in one place (use RefWorks or an Excel spreadsheet)
    • Read actively
      Take notes according to source and write them down by page number. Writing down your ideas helps you remember important points and may help you formulate your paper as you do research.
    • Start early!
      The surest way to do sloppy research is to rush yourself. Give yourself plenty of time.
  • Writing
    • Paraphrase
      Is there a long quote you like? Extract the main idea and put it into your own words, citing your source. Add why you think it's an important point. This gives you ownership of an idea while pointing to its original writer.
    • Write from your perspective
    • Cite as you write
      Make notes in-text as you write. Because you're organized, you can fill in the details (page number, etc.) later.


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