For your research assignment in this class, you'll need to compile a bibliography of six sources that demonstrate a critical approach to a Francophone author and their work.
Not sure where to start? Here are three broad strategies that you can try:
If you're not sure yet what you're interested in, or you're interested in so many different aspects of Francophone literature that you can't decide where to focus, you might want to just browse through scholarly journals to see what catches your eye. These journals contain articles related to French and Francophone literature, history, and culture.
Collins Library, like most academic libraries in the United States, uses Library of Congress Subject Headings to describe the content of books. If you are researching an author about whom much has been written, you can use Library of Congress Subject subheadings to help pinpoint your search.
Here are several examples of the various ways you can use LCSH to help pinpoint what you need:
Like most other disciplines, topics related to French Studies can be found in several subject-specific databases. The MLA International Bibliography and Gale Literature Criticism are two examples. Subject databases index scholarly materials (books, chapters in books, scholarly articles, dissertations) that will be of interest to researchers within that discipline.
For this assignment, you'll want to limit your results to just articles or books. Click on the "check for full text" link to see if Collins Library has the journal or you need to order it through interlibrary loan.
Depending on the database, there are a few strategies to find resources written in French:
Be aware of databases that auto correct French words to similar English words.
Texts that interpret literary works are usually persuasive texts. Literary critics may conduct a close reading of a work, critique a literary work from the stance of a particular literary theory, or debate the soundness of other critics' interpretations.
During the preview phase, you'll want to concentrate on these key elements:
Once you've selected the article, you can actively read for content, argument, analysis and evaluation.
Tip: Read the article more than once! It may help to print out a copy so that you can make notes.
Tipasa is linked to your library account so you'll need to log in to use it.
Once you are logged in, either go directly to Tipasa and manually enter the information, or, if you're using a database, look for a shortcut link to automatically fill out the form:
Allow at least a week for the article to come. If your article is delivered in electronic format, you'll receive an email with a link to follow as soon as it's arrived.