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Find Reference Sources
Search the Catalog:
Use the Advanced Keyword search to search for title keywords including types of reference sources.
For example: t:shakespeare AND t:(encyclopedia OR dictionary OR guide)

You'll find sources like these:

Search Reference Databases:
Find Reference Databases from
Libraries homepage > Research Tools > Reference Sites, or
English Literature Research Guide > Reference Tools.

You'll find sources like these:
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library - a collection of articles from hundreds of specialized encyclopedias
  • Oxford Reference Online - a collection of subject encyclopedias, dictionaries, and reference works in more than 20 subject areas
  • Oxford Dictionary of National Biography - the most trusted source of biographical information about important figures in British and colonial history; Tip: try searching for "othello" in full text to see biographies of those who have acted in and produced Othello since Shakespeare's writing
Find Scholarly Articles
Start here: www.lib.utexas.edu > Databases tab

Find an Article from a Citation:
  • If you find a good book or article, check the bibliography for other useful resources.  This guide helps you find an article when you only have the citation.

Where is the article?
  • If an article is not full-text in the database you are searching, follow the link to see if it is available in another database or in print in the library.
  • No button? Copy the name of the journal or book and search for it in the Library Catalog title search.
  • Not in the Catalog? Ask for help or request it through InterLibrary Services.
Find Books
Start here:  www.lib.utexas.edu > Catalog tab > Advanced Keyword Search

Find Books on a Topic:
  • To find books on your topic, start with the keyword search in the catalog. (ex: Shakespeare AND Othello AND race)
  • When you find a useful book, use the Subject Headings in your keyword search to find more books on that same topic (ex: Shakespeare AND "race in literature")

Find a SpecificBook/Book by an Author:
  • Do an Author search with the last name first (ex: Shakespeare, William)
  • Do a Title search leaving off the initial article (a/an/the) (ex: Othello)
  • For prolific authors such as Shakespeare, do an Author + Title search

GoogleBooks (http://books.google.com)
  • Search inside hundreds of thousands of books for your topic, just as you would search Google.  If you find an excerpt from a book that might be useful, check the Library Catalog to see if we have it. Not in the Catalog? Ask for help or request it through InterLibrary Services.
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Is it Scholarly?
Use this decision tree and grid to help determine if your source is scholarly:
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Get Help
Contact your LAH102 librarian:

Kristen Hogan
English Literature & 
Women's & Gender Studies Librarian
English Literature Research Guide

IM a Librarian
Monday-Thursday, 10am - midnight
Friday, 10am - 4pm
Sunday, 6pm - midnight

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