This page outlines the resources for Professor Fattori's Depicting Disabilities in Literature Sophomore Seminar course. Below are the databases we covered in class as well as a handful of biographical resources for research into the backgrounds of your assigned authors.
Before delving into these specific databases, try searching the library's main search engine which simultaneously searches our physical catalog of books and multimedia items and over 200+ of our scholarly journal databases. Simply click on the "Search" tab at the top right of any library page or click the big green "Search" button in the middle of our Library homepage.
A search for the title of your story in quotes (i.e. "Flowers for Algernon") and words such as disabil* or handicap* ( remember: the * finds every possible ending of a search term) will help narrow your results.
Once you have a page of results, you can narrow your search by clicking on either "Books & more" at the top of the left column or "articles & more" at the top of the right column and then use the limiters that will appear along the right side of the screen. Be sure to check the "" box at the top of the articles result screen: this will limit the results to peer-reviewed scholarly articles only.
WorldCat (OCLC) A catalog of library holdings worldwide. WorldCat will indicate any local library holdings and also offers an inter-library loan request option. [Details]
MLA International Bibliography (ProQuest) Consists of bibliographic records pertaining to literature, language, linguistics, and folklore. Includes citations to articles from over 4,400 journals and series published internationally, as well as monographs, collections, and various types of reference works. Subscription to the MLA International Bibliography also includes access to the MLA Directory of Periodicals. [Details]
JSTOR A searchable and browsable archive of full-text core journals in the humanities, social sciences and mathematics. [Details]
Literature Resource Center (Gale) Full-text articles from scholarly journals and literary magazines are combined with critical essays, work and topic overviews, full-text works, biographies, and more to provide a wealth of information on authors, their works, and literary movements. Cross-searching capability between Literature Resource Center (LRC) and Gale Virtual Reference Library. [Details]
Gale Virtual Reference Library Provides cross reference searching in encyclopedias, almanacs, and specialized reference sources for multidisciplinary research including arts, business, social sciences and sciences. [Details]
Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online (Gale) The Dictionary of Literary Biography print series has been a favorite with students and scholars for many years, often the first place to go to find authoritative biographical and critical essays on the world’s most influential literary figures from all eras and genres. Offers Documentary, Main, and Yearbook series. [Details]
Biography Resource Center A comprehensive database of biographical information on nearly 220,000 people from around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas and throughout history. Access to more than 330,000 biographies from respected Gale Group sources with full-text articles available from more than 250 magazines as well as more than 20,000 images, and in-depth coverage of key events. [Details]
Biography and Genealogy Master Index (Gale) Indexes current, readily available reference sources, as well as the most important retrospective works, that cover individuals, both living and deceased, from every field of activity and from all areas of the world. [Details]
Biography in Context (Gale) A comprehensive database of biographical information on over 528,000 people from around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas and throughout history. Access more than 600,000 biographical entries from respected Gale Group sources with full-text articles available from magazines and newspapers as well as images and in-depth coverage of key events. [Details]
The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and they provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects. Teachers and trainers may use this material for in-class and out-of-class instruction.