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FTS 100: (Dis)Playing Bodies: Arts, Politics, Censorship

Fall 2011
The Library

Welcome to the Library! The Library provides many services to you: study space, computer labs, personalized research assistance and, of course, access to countless books, articles, and other information sources. You'll get to know the Library very well over the course of your four years at Gustavus. There's a lot to learn about library research - we'll build a solid foundation in FTS, focusing on research skills that you'll use for your college career and beyond!

Asking for Help

Above all else, never be afraid to ask for help in the Library. We're here to help you find the best sources for your papers and projects, help you navigate any snags you encounter, and answer any questions you have about research & library resources. Stop by the Reference Desk (located near the eclassroom on the main floor) to talk with a librarian - that's why we're here! Use this course page to identify particular resources of use to your research in this class. You are always welcome to contact Julie directly with any questions - my contact information is at the bottom of this page. Good luck and have fun!

Instructor: Henry MacCarthy
Librarian: Anna Hulseberg

Table of Contents:

Session 2: Journal Exercise

1. Select a research article (not an opinion piece or a book review)

2. Scan through the research article

3. Scan through the entire journal (take a look at the front and back pages)

4. Based on your review of the article and journal, create a checklist of at least 3 tips for identifying scholarly articles

Session 2: Research Time
Research time goals:
1. Refine your research topic
2. Identify at least two initial sources.

Task 1, Your Topic: Brainstorm topic ideas and search terms. Develop a working research question.

Task 2, Your Sources: Search for initial sources on your topic. Start with MnPALS (Books tab) and Academic Search Premier (Articles tab).

Task 3, Evaluate & Take Notes: Identify a few promising sources, and pull them from the shelves or bring them up online. Start scanning through the sources. Record the full citations so you can cite them and find them again if needed. Start evaluating the sources and taking notes as discussed in The Everyday Writer, pages 168-185.

Finding Articles
If you have an article citation and can't find the full text in a database, use the Journal Locator to see if Gustavus owns a print copy of the article OR if it is available through another database. Be sure to search the Journal Locator with the title of the journal, not the article title.
  • Academic Search Premier,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=aph

    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.
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index (Web of Knowledge)

    A multidisciplinary index covering the journal literature of the arts and humanities. This index fully covers 1,144 of the world's leading arts and humanities journals, and also includes some individually selected, relevant items from over 6,800 major science and social science journals. Some of the disciplines covered include archaeology, linguistics, art, literature, music, philosophy, dance, history, religion and theater.

    Note: To limit searches to this database, please verify that only it is checked on the initial search screen.


    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.
  • LexisNexis Academic

    Search current news, business information (including business news and corporate financials), and legal news and information. International news sources are also included.
  • MLA International Bibliography,uid&profile=ehost&defaultdb=mzh

    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.
  • 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.
  • ProQuest Newsstand

    Indexing and selected full text access to over 350 newspapers from around the world. Archival coverage begins in 1985 for some titles. Access is provided by the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM).
Finding Books
Our library uses the Library of Congress classification system to organize our books. You'll need a book's call number to locate it on the shelves; search the MnPALS catalog to find call numbers for books. There are various signs around the library to direct you to the right place, including on the sides of shelves and the directory across from the Circulation Desk. Ask at the Reference Desk or Circulation Desk for assistance.
  • 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
Reference Books
Reference books are great resources to consult at various points during your research. They provide you with background information, help you brainstorm search terms, clarify topics, and often offer lists of recommended reading. All Reference Books are shelved on the main (second) floor of the Library on the side of the building facing Ring Road.
  • Censorship: A World Encyclopedia
    "Jones's encyclopedia provides useful description and analysis of censorship around the world and throughout history. Jones defines censorship broadly, devoting coverage to both covert pressures and overt, official restriction of expression. Entries treat such topics as censorship in particular countries, individual censors and targets of censorship, concepts and topics that have been censored, and censorship in particular media." (From the 6-1-02 Choice review). 4 volumes.
    • Location(s): Ref Z 675 .C45 2001
  • Dictionary of Art
    An exhaustive encyclopedia of world art, containing articles written by scholars on artists, movements, works, and subjects, each followed by a selective bibliography.
    • Location(s): Ref N 31 .D5 1996
  • Dictionary of Women Artists
    Offers 600 entries describing the lives and work of artists in a wide variety of media from Europe, America, and Australasia, ranging from the Middle Ages to the present. Each sketch includes bio-critical information, exhibition history, and often a bibliography. There are also lengthy essays on women artists in the Middle Ages, convents, academies of art, training and professionalism, modernism, and feminism.
    • Location(s): Ref N 8354 .D53 1997
  • Encyclopedia of World Art
    Offers scholarly and thorough articles on artists, movements, media, periods, national traditions, and so on. Each volume has a section of plates in the back. There is an index to the entire set, as well as supplementary volumes presenting newer information. Though more dated than the Dictionary of Art, above, this set remains useful, particularly for its thorough indexing of plates, making it a good source for locating images of art works.
    • Location(s): Ref N 31 .E56
  • International Encyclopedia of Dance
    Covers dance of all kinds, including folk, modern, and ballet. More than twenty years in the making, this reference work is the most complete in the field. Includes biographical information on dancers and choreographers, articles covering styles of dance, country studies, information on companies, organizations, works, and definitions of dance terms.
    • Location(s): Ref GV 1585 .I586 1998 (6 vols.)
  • Oxford Companion to the Theatre
    Look here to check facts quickly. Brief articles give information on authors, theatrical terms and time periods.
    • Location(s): Ref PN 2035 .H3 1983
  • World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre
    An authoritative and up-to-date guide to theater, with a global perspective.
    • Location(s): Ref PN 1861 .W67 1994 (6 vols.)
Useful Library Resources
Need an article that Gustavus doesn't own? Wondering how to cite your sources? Need a refresher on evaluating websites? Check out these 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.
  • Evaluating Web Sites (and other resources)

    Tips on how to recognize reliable sources by evaluating them based on authority, scope, currency, accuracy, and commercialism.
  • 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
  • Scholarly vs. Popular vs. Trade

    Provides criteria for distinguishing between scholarly journals, popular magazine, and trade publications. From the North Carolina State University Libraries.
  • 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.

  • Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library Subject Guide for Art & Art History

    Resources in the library and online for research related to art and art history. Includes a listing of subscribed print journals, book browsing tips, key print reference works, and recommended online databases and websites.
  • Folke Bernadotte Memorial Library Subject Guide for Theatre & Dance

    Resources in the library and online for research related to theatre and/or dance. Includes a listing of subscribed print journals, book browsing tips, key print reference works, and recommended online databases and websites.
Contacting Anna

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 me at or call x7566.

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