PRIMO is the best search tool for identifying books (including essay collections) on your chosen literary work, whether they are ebooks or print books available in Collins Library or from one of our partner SUMMIT libraries. PRIMO also can help you find book reviews and selected articles.
Tip: Books requested from another SUMMIT library can take up to a week to arrive, so plan ahead!
Example of a search query:
Subject databases offer more comprehensive search results within a particular field or discipline of study. They often provide abstracts of scholarly work and index multiple types of academic writing: books, articles, essays, reviews, dissertations.
Tip: Due to their more comprehensive nature, subject databases may identify materials that you'll need to request from other libraries, so plan ahead! Use PRIMO to track down and request books and essay collections from SUMMIT. Use ILLiad (interlibrary loan) to request electronic copies of articles to which Collins Library doesn't already have access.
Online article collections provide full-text convenience and can provide you with a sense of the scholarly terrain of a topic. However, their search interfaces typically are not as granular as those of subject databases, so search queries often will provide lengthy lists of results, not all of which may be useful or even relevant.
A secondary source in general is a work that reports on or interacts with a primary source or collection of primary sources. A scholarly secondary source is a work that includes an argument or interpretive claim, written by someone with expertise in that field, which has undergone a process of peer-review by other experts. A scholarly secondary source can be:
For your annotated bibliography you need three secondary scholarly sources that, when considered together, provide multiple perspectives on your literary work.