Welcome to your course guide.

Here you will find tools and resources to help you engage in research for your course, but don't forget the library has many many resources that are all available to your as Villanova students. Although the resources on this page are specific to your current class your understanding of how to use these resources can be applied to other library resources for other classes in the future.

Other Helpful Library Pages

For a comprehensive list of the databases available to you through the library see Databases A-Z
 
For resources by subject area see Falvey's Subject Guides page.
 

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Avoid Problem Areas

Harvard Guide to Using Sources: What Constitutes Plagiarism? Under the section labeled as online tutorials there are tutorials you can take to help you better understand academic integrity and how to avoid plagiarism. 

 Critical Articles

  MLA International Bibliography (EBSCO)
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 the present. Includes access to the MLA Directory of Periodicals.

  Drama Criticism (Gale)
Provides critical analyses of significant dramatists or plays. For each play or playwright featured, a full range of critical opinion is presented, along with a biographical sketch, a chronological list of the writer's major works and more. Approximately 90-95% of critical essays are full text. Titles of the plays are searchable. Reprints also available from Literature Resource Center.

  JSTOR
Provides a full text archive of academic journals and books in the humanities, social sciences, and mathematics. The most recent three to five years of a journal are usually not included.

 Resources for Textual Analysis

 Streaming Video

Digital Theatre Plus
Provides access to a streaming video collection of current British theatre productions. Includes behind-the-scenes documentaries, and teaching and learning resources with detailed introductions, plot summaries, character biographies, relationship maps, language analysis, scene studies, performance backgrounds, and historical contexts.

  Resource Tutorials

  Shakespeare's First Folio (1623)

Organizing Your Sources

Below you will find a variety of resources for organization and citation.

Zotero

Zotero is a free, open source citation tool developed by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for New Media at George Mason University. It’s been funded by the Mellon and Sloan foundations, as well as the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Download Zotero 
Organize and save your sources, return to them quickly, create bibliographies and works cited, organize group projects, and do in text citations. 

ZoteroBib 
ZoteroBib helps you build a bibliography instantly from any computer or device, without creating an account or installing any software. 

Word processor plug-ins for Zotero

YouTube video about adding in text citations 

MLA Style Guide

MLA Handbook 9th Edition. 
Available at the Falvey's front reference desk

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.