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 "Limit to articles from peer-reviewed journals" box at the top of the articles result screen: this will limit the results to peer-reviewed scholarly articles only.
Finding Books & Scholarly Articles
A catalog of library holdings worldwide. WorldCat will indicate any local library holdings and also offers an inter-library loan request option.
]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.
A searchable and browsable archive of full-text core journals in the humanities, social sciences and mathematics.
]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
]Literature Online (Chadwyck-Healey)
A fully searchable library of more than 350,000 works of English and American poetry, drama and prose, 382 full-text literature journals, and other key criticism and reference resources.
Encyclopedias and Biography Resources
Encyclopedia of Disability
]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.
]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.
]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.
This is a brief list of books that can be found in our library on the subject of "people with disabilities in literature," and may serve as a useful starting point in your research.
Organizing & Citing Your Sources
Organizing Your Sources
Never type a bibliography again! RefWorks
will help you easily gather, manage, and store bibliographic citations for all types of information, as well as generate footnotes and bibliographies.
to view a step-by-step tutorial on how to set up a RefWorks account.
MLA Style Guide
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.
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