Not sure where to start? Here are three broad strategies that you can try:
Collins Library uses Library of Congress Subject Headings to describe the content of books. In many ways, subject headings are a form of tagging, in that they represent the content of the material and provide ways for you to efficiently locate more materials that are conceptually related. Here are several examples:
For this course, most of you will want to start your search with the MLA International Bibliography, Literature Criticism (literature and linguistics), and/or Historical Abstracts (world history).
When searching for articles, 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.
In most cases, you'll be better served by searching the subject databases above. However, if you have a topic that is very multidisciplinary, searching these electronic journal collections might be useful.
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.
Try these strategies to become a better, more efficient searcher -- and help you find articles that you can actually use:
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.