This page outlines the resources for the Senior Seminar: Jane Austen Then and Now. Below are the databases we covered in class as well as additional resources that may be useful in your research.
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Harvard Guide to Using Sources: What Constitutes Plagiarism?
Journals and Databases
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.
Eighteenth Century Collections Online (Gale)
Offers full-text access to every significant English-language and foreign-language title printed in the United Kingdom, along with thousands of important works from the Americas, between 1701 and 1800. Consists of books, pamphlets, broadsides, and ephemera. Where they add scholarly value or contain important differences, multiple editions of each individual work are offered.
Film & Television Literature Index (EBSCO)
Indexes academic journal, popular magazines, and books in the fields of film and television. Includes abstracts for scholarly journal articles. Topics range from film & television theory, to preservation & restoration, writing, production, cinematography, and technical aspects. Coverage goes back to the early 20th century and encompasses foreign language publications.
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.
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.
Literature Resource Center (Gale)
Provides full-text access to critical essays, work and topic overviews, texts from literary magazines, biographies, and more. Covers a wide range of authors including novelists, poets, essayists, and journalists.
MLA International Bibliography (ProQuest)
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..
Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford University Press)
Presents authoritative biographies of influential people who lived in Britain. Covers only deceased subjects. Includes portraits, if available, and bibliographies with citations to works by and about featured individuals.
Oxford English Dictionary (Oxford University Press)
Contains the complete text of the 20-volume OED, 2nd edition, published in 1989. Presents authoritative information on the words in the English language, including their form, definition, history, pronunciation, and etymology. Approximately 1,000 new and revised entries are added on a quarterly basis.
Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal On-Line
Persuasions: The Jane Austen Journal On-Line is the electronic journal of JASNA. It is published each December 16 and made freely accessible as part of JASNA’s outreach mission. All prior numbers will be maintained here indefinitely.
Provides full-text access to books and journals in the arts, humanities, and social sciences. Includes all materials published by Johns Hopkins University Press; all other content comes from university presses and scholarly societies.
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.
Current & Historical Newspapers
The Times Digital Archive 1785-2012 (Gale)
ABI/INFORM Complete (ProQuest)
African American Newspapers: The 19th Century (Accessible Archives)
Black Historical Newspapers (ProQuest)
Introduction to Black Historical Newspapers is a short tutorial about basic features of this resource.
Burney Collection Newspapers, 17th-18th Century (Gale)
Burney Collection Newspapers: Seventeenth-Eighteenth Century (Gale)
Nineteenth Century UK Periodicals (Gale)
ProQuest U.S. Newsstream
Organizing & Citing 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.
Click HERE to view a step-by-step tutorial on how to set up a RefWorks account.
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.
HERE you can find detailed information about what Zotero is and what it can do for you.
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MLA Style Guide