James H. Thomason Library

English for International Students: Exploring the American South
Reference Sources

 


Encyclopedias
  Reference Databases
  Companions
  Biography
  Dictionaries & Thesauri
Locating Books
  Thomcat
  Keyword Search Tips
  eBook Collections
Locating Articles & Criticism
  Journal Databases
  Newspaper Databases
Internet Resources
   
Citing Sources and Paraphrasing
  Print resources
  Online resources

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REFERENCE SOURCES   back to top

ENCYCLOPEDIAS

 

 

The New Encyclopedia of Southern CultureUniversity of North Carolina Press, 2006-2011.

Main Level, Reference: R 975.00321 N42N

18 volumes

Vol.1: Religion

Vol.2: Geography

Vol.3: History

Vol.4: Myths, Manners, & Memory

Vol.5: Language

Vol.6: Ethnicity

Vol.7: Foodways

Vol.8: Environment

Vol.9: Literature

Vol.10: Law & Politics

Vol.11: Agriculture & Industry

Vol.12: Music

Vol.13: Gender

Vol.14: Folklife

Vol.15: Urbanization

Vol.16: Sports & Recreation

Vol.17: Education

Vol.18: Media

Encyclopedia of Southern Literature. Mary Ellen Snodgrass, ABC-CLIO, 1997.
Main Level, Reference:
R 810.9975 Sn52E

REFERENCE DATABASES back to top

Oxford African American Studies Center
Oxford African American Studies Center
[Oxford U. Press]
.  A comprehensive online collection focusing on the lives and events which have shaped African American and African history and culture. This collection, edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. of Harvard University, includes 7,500 articles from core reference works, over 1,000 images, primary sources with specially written commentaries, and over 100 maps that have been collected to enhance the reference content. Also included are over 100 charts and tables offering information on demographics, government, politics, business, labor, education and the arts.
Includes indexing and content from the following print resources:
• Africana
African American National Biography (much content available, but still under development)
Encyclopedia of African American History, 1619-1895
Encyclopedia of African American History, 1896 to the Present
Black Women in America, Second Edition
Concise Oxford Companion to African American Literature


CREDO Reference

Electronic collection of several hundred reference books, specialized encyclopedias and dictionaries.

 

COMPANIONS, GUIDEBOOKS   back to top

The Companion to Southern Literature: Themes, Genres, Places, People, Movements, and Motifs. Joseph M. Flora and Lucinda H. MacKethan, editors. Louisiana State University Press, 2002.
Main Level, Reference:
R 810.9975 C738C

A Companion to the Literature and Culture of the American South. Richard Gray and Owen Robinson, editors. Blackwell Pub., 2004.

Upper Level, Circulating Collection: 810.9975 C738C

 

BIOGRAPHY   back to top


Biography in Context  [Thomson/Gale]
Biographical entries from a variety of reference books, periodicals, and news sources.


Contemporary Southern Writers, Roger Matuz, ed.  St. James Press, 1999.
Main Level, Reference:
R 810.9975 C767C2

Fifty Southern Writers after 1900: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook, Joseph M. Flora and Robert Bain, editors, Greenwood Press, 1987. 
Main Level, Reference: 
R 810.9975 F466F2

 

Also check ThomCat & PASCAL for books

on specific individuals--search as SUBJECT, last name first.

DICTIONARIES & THESAURI back to top

Random House Webster's Dictionary of American English. Gerard M. Dalgish, editor.

Random House, 1997.

Main Level, Reference: R 423 R159R4  

The New Oxford American Dictionary 2nd ed. Oxford University Press, 2006

Oxford English DictionaryCatherine Soanes and Angus Stevenson, eds., Oxford University Press, 2004.

Oxford English Dictionary John Simpson and Edmund Weiner, eds., Oxford University Press, 1993.

Main Level, Reference: R 423 Ox2O

Oxford Paperback ThesaurusMaurice Waite, ed., Oxford University Press, 2006.

Oxford ThesaurusLaurence Urdang, ed., Oxford University Press, 1992. 

Main Level, Reference:  R 423.1 Ur2O

LOCATING BOOKS back to top
THOMCAT  

Use THOMCAT, the online catalog, to locate books in Thomason Library. You can search by author, title, keyword, or subject.


  • Search for a person, as AUTHOR or SUBJECT, with last name, then first name:              
  Faulkner, William, 1897-1962  [as AUTHOR]  
  Faulkner, William, 1897-1962 [as SUBJECT]  
  Welty, Eudora, 1909-   [as AUTHOR]  
  Welty, Eudora, 1909-   [as SUBJECT]  
  Welty, Eudora, 1909- -- Criticism and interpretation [as SUBJECT--with subheading]  
  Welty, Eudora, 1909- -- Knowledge -- Southern States
 
  Morrison, Toni -- Criticism and interpretation  

              

  

KEYWORD SEARCHING Tips and Techniques     back to top

                                  

KEYWORD searching is the most common method of searching in library databases.

  • Try a KEYWORD search if you are unsure of the exact title or the correct subject heading to use. Search using two or three of the most significant words from the title or subject you are trying to find. Place phrases in "quotation marks."

  • Connect words with AND, OR, NOT to focus your search.
  • Try truncation at the end of a word stem to retrieve singular, plural, and other variations of the word.  Use an asterisk (*) to truncate from 1 to 5 characters. Use a double asterisk (**) to include word endings with an unlimited number of characters.
KEYWORD Searching Tips


· Add * to the root of a word to truncate or expand a term (up to 5 additional characters in Thomcat and PASCALcat)
cultur* = culture, cultures, cultural, etc.

Use a double asterisk in Thomcat & PASCALcat

to retrieve an unlimited number of letters

(in most journal databases, a single asterisk will retrieve

n unlimited number of additional letters).

south** = south, southern, southerners, etc.

                                  religio**= religion, religions, religiosity,

                                                     religious, religiousness

=============================

 
· Use AND between words to narrow your search:

Charleston AND travel

southern states AND food

· Use OR between words to expand your search and
group words in the "OR" statement with parentheses ( )
(women OR female* ) AND
south*

southern AND (author* OR writer*) .

Martin Luther King AND (protest* OR demonstration* OR march* )


Try KEYWORD searching

with

THOMCAT, PASCALcat,

& the Library's journal and newspaper databases
 


EBOOK COLLECTIONS    



LOCATING  JOURNAL AND NEWSPAPER ARTICLES   back to top
JOURNAL DATABASES back to top

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Academic Search Complete   [EBSCOhost] 
Scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals.

MLA International Bibliography  [EBSCOhost]
Published by the Modern Language Association, this database is the premier resource for literature and language topics. Indexes critical literary and language scholarship and provides access to journals and serials published worldwide, as well as books, essay collections, working papers, proceedings, dissertations, and bibliographies. Nearly 45,000 records are added annually.

JSTOR                          
An archive of over 350 full-text journals which can be searched at this site. Other PC databases link to JSTOR articles through Journal Finder, which guides the user to full-text articles. As an archive, JSTOR does not provide the most current three to five year issues of the journals as specified by the publishers in their agreements with JSTOR.

NEWSPAPER DATABASES    

Newspaper Source Plus 

Includes more than 860 full-text newspapers, providing more than 35 million full-text articles

News - LexisNexis
Full-text U.S. & international newspapers, magazines, newsletters & journals

The New York Times Archive [ProQuest Historical Newspapers]
Full-text & full-image of NYT articles with coverage from 1851 up to three years ago.

The Atlanta Constitution Archive [ProQuest Historical Newspapers]
Full-text & full-image articles from 1868-1945.

 

INTERNET RESOURCES   back to top

 

Southern Spaces, created at Emory University with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is a peer-reviewed internet journal and scholarly forum that provides open access to essays, gateways, events and conferences, interviews and performances, and annotated web links on real and imaginary places and spaces of the American South.

Areas of emphasis: Arts and Media; Economy and Social Class; Environment; Foodways, Traditions, and Rituals; Gender and Sexuality; Geographies; Health; History; Literature and Language; Music; Politics and Government; Race and Ethnicity; Religion; Social Movements; and Sports and Leisure.

 

CITING SOURCES AND PARAPHRASING    
PRINT RESOURCES    

The Rowman & Littlefield Guide to Writing with Sources. 4th ed. James P. Davis.

Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2012.

Main Level, Ready Reference Shelf (Located behind Reference Desk)

R 808.004 D294R  

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers.
7th ed. New York: Modern Language Association, 2009.   

Main Level, Ready Reference Shelf (located behind Reference Desk) and
Reference: R 808.02 M72M [2 copies]

ONLINE RESOURCES    

“Avoiding Plagiarism: How to Paraphrase a Source.”  The Writer's Handbook.

The Writing Center, University of Wisconsin.  See also: “Successful v. Unsuccessful Paraphrases”

That’s Plagiarism?: Teaching Paraphrase Skills to Pre-university Students

"What is Plagiarism?"   Plagiarism.org

 "MLA Style: English and Other Humanities." Research and Documentation Online. 5th edition. Diana Hacker. Bedford/St. Martin's, 2010.

Provides information on MLA style for citing sources.

Citation Management: MLA Citation Style Cornell University Library.

MLA Style. OWL: Purdue Online Writing Lab. Purdue University.

Provides extensive examples of formatting and citations.

MLA Style Citations, 7th ed.  Coates Library, Trinity University.

Provides examples of MLA citations for books, book chapters, magazines, journals, and other sources.

 

Writing Center, Presbyterian College
Citation styles, writing guides, and scheduling an appointment with a tutor.

 

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