Students in literature classes this semester may find the Author Profile page in the English Language and Literature LibGuide helpful. It lists:
- Databases containing short critical biographies of writers;
- Tips on searching for biographies in McCain Library;
- How to access the Dictionary of Literary Biography (DLB); and
- How to find interviews with authors.
Good luck searching and stop by the Reference Desk or email us at email@example.com if you have any questions!
As of January 3, ASC’s new GALILEO password is securely posted on Moodle’s Library 101 page and on ASC’s Intranet home page. It is only required if one is off-campus or using a computer off the campus network. The password will change again on May 17, 2012.
Start your research at http://library.agnesscott.edu. Please contact McCain Library with any questions (via our Meebo IM chat box on many of our library and LibGuide web pages , by calling 404-471-6096, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org).
If you are in the Politics of Mass Media class or just think it is interesting to examine media issues, you’ll be excited to learn we just created a LibGuide for this class.
The first page of the guide points to key databases, journals and books in our collection to help you get started. The second two tabs in the guide provide access to current news on relevant issues and from political opinion magazines.
Please stop by the Scottie Research & Rescue Desk or email us at email@example.com if you have any questions or need additional assistance.
The McCain Library collection on peace movements, reconciliation, and conflict management is constantly growing in response to strong student and faculty interest in these areas. Here is a glimpse of some of the books we have to support research on these topics:
JSTOR, Oxford Journals, and SocIndex are all good starting points for articles. A new tool you may not have tried that we think you’ll like is Sage Journals.
The McCain Library staff loves learning about these issues through the questions students pose, so please contact the library at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the Scottie Research & Rescue Desk if you have any questions.
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Women and Violence is a broad topic that could include wife abuse (domestic violence, uroxicide, abused wives), rape, female genital mutilation, sex trafficking, and many more subtopics. Searching for Women AND Violence AND “Public Health” in the following databases should get you started if you are looking for the public health perspective on this topic:
If these articles are too specific you may want to search SOPHIA, the library catalog, for books on violence and women. We recommend the following search terms:
- Women and crimes against
- Violence against women
- Wife abuse or abused wives or uroxicide
- Sexual harassment of women
- Sex trafficking
If you need help, please stop by the reference desk or send an email to email@example.com .
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If you are one of the many students interested in researching childbirth or teen pregnancy, we have some research suggestions for you.
Start with a Good Overview of the Topic
If you don’t know anything about your topic or are looking for a way to narrow it down, we recommend Credo Reference. These aren’t articles you can use for your research paper, but they do give you an overview of the issues and may help you narrow your focus and develop a list of search terms.
Once you know a bit about your topic, use one of the following databases to locate scholarly articles:
Childbirth: When talking to someone about childbirth many terms are often use to refer to this subject. As you do you research consider using some of the following terms in your search:
- Obstetric or obstetrical
- Labor and pregnancy
- delivery and pregnancy
- home birth
Teen Pregnancy: Most literature uses the term teenage pregnancy, but you can also use:
- Teen pregnancy
- Pregnancy in adolescence
- Teenagers and sexual behavior
If you need help narrowing down your search, stop by the reference desk or email the library at firstname.lastname@example.org
How would you find a work of fiction that describes a meal in-depth but does not have a food related term in the title? Got any tips for the first year students in Dr. Wistrand’s Educated Omnivore FYS?
One approach student could use is to locate books that discuss food in literature. These are essentially books about books and will list several novels in which food is prominently featured, despite not having a food related word in the title. Here is how to find these types of books:
1. Search for Food and Literature in the library catalog using the Find a Book tab at the top of the library home page.
2. From the results, select a title that looks like it discusses food in novels.
3. Locate the book in the stacks or online if it is an e-book. Skim through the book for the title of novels. Then look up those novels in the library catalog using the Find a Book tab to locate a copy available in McCain Library.
That is what we think will work best for this project. Remember to check the Educated Omnivore LibGuide for additional help or stop by the Reference Desk to get help in person. Also, subscribe to our blog or Like us on Facebook to make sure you receive all our research tips!