This page outlines the resources for Professor Bonds's Harlem Renaissance and the Black Arts Movement 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.
- Books on your topic: Search Books and More, placing the phrase in quotation marks: "harlem renaissance" "black arts movement"
- Too many results? Narrow your search, using the facets on the right.
- Find related books? Click on one of the book titles and note the subject links to related books. See the list of books on the right column for other related titles.
- Save the book records in My Favorites.
- Books written by your writer: Search by Author -- "toomer, jean"
- Use keywords to combine topics: race literature will pull up books on race and literature.
- Use quotation marks for phrases
- Search Advanced Search for more complex searches.
- Use either service to obtain books from other libraries; Interlibrary loan for journal articles. (There is no charge for these services.)
- May take up to 5 to 7 days: Be sure to plan ahead
Important: How can I get an article? is the key.
Some databases have full text. For others, click on FindIt to determine if there are online links to the article; if it is in a journal the library subscribes to; or if you need to use Interlibrary Loan / Iliad - to obtain the article.
Books: In The Library & Online
Subject Specific Database
Contains a selection of African American studies resources ranging from the authoritative Encyclopedia of African American History to the African American National Biography project. Selected primary sources, maps, images, charts, and tables round out the collection.
General Databases for Humanities
Provides citations to journal articles, books, book chapters, and dissertations on all aspects of literature, language and linguistics, literary theory and criticism, dramatic arts, and folklore. International in scope; coverage from 1926 to present. Subscription to the MLA International Bibliography also includes access to the MLA Directory of Periodicals..
Presents a combined catalog of the catalogs of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide. WorldCat highlights publications available at Villanova University. Other items can be requested via an inter-library loan request form. WorldCat Step-by-Step is a self-paced interactive tutorial for students new to this resource.
Literature Criticism Online (Gale)
Provides compilations of literary criticism. Includes the complete runs of Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism, Contemporary Literary Criticism, Drama Criticism, Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800, Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, Poetry Criticism, Shakespearean Criticism, Short Story Criticism, and Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism.
Literature Online (ProQuest)
Features a digital library of English and American poetry, drama, and prose. Provides access to literary criticism indexed in ABELL and MLA International Bibliography and includes selective access to the full-text of academic journals. Also includes full-text access to a collection of dictionaries, encyclopedias, and biographical dictionaries.
Dictionary of Literary Biography Complete Online (Gale)
Provides full-text access to biographical and critical essays on important literary figures from all eras, genres, and geographic areas. Many essays include manuscript pages, portraits, excerpts of criticism, bibliographies, and more. Electronic access extends back to 1978.
New York Times: 1851- (ProQuest Historical Newspapers)
Provides full-text access to the complete New York Times archive except for the most current three years. Use Nexis-Uni or ABI/INFORM for access to current content.
Readers' Guide Retrospective: 1890-1982 (EBSCO)
Provides indexing of over three million articles from more than 550 leading magazines, including full coverage of the original print volumes of Readers’ Guide to Periodical Literature™. Subject coverage includes arts, business, computers, crafts, dance, drama, education, entertainment, fashion, film & television, food, gardening, health and medicine, home improvement, literature, news and current events, photography, popular and classical music, politics, popular culture, religion, sports and fitness, technology, transportation, travel and more.
Organizing & Citing Your Sources
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<div><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>MLA Style Guide</strong></span></div>
<div><a href="http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/" target="_blank">The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University </a>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.</div>
Remember, for more resources you can always check the English Subject Guide.