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This page outlines the resources for Dr. Valez's English 1050 course. Below are the databases we covered in class as well as additional resources that may be useful in your research.
Cambridge Companion Author Guides: These are fully searchable ebooks with information about the authors you are reading for this class. To access these books simply click on the link provided, you will be taken to the Falvey Library catalog record for that book, then scroll down and click on the link for "online version."
Finding Books and Scholarly Articles: Contains MLA (covered in class) and other sources for finding scholarly peer reviewed criticism (In other words the secondary sources you need for your paper) there are also links to WorldCat and other resources for books.
Newspapers: Looking in historical newspapers can be an interesting way to find reviews of authors works as well as obituaries and other things written about an author during her/his life.
Philosophy Resources: Contains resources for finding information about your authors in philosophical contexts.
Organizing & Citing Your Sources: Has links to RefWorks, Zotero, and MLA style guides.
If you're interested in better understanding the difference between web searches and library databases please click here: The Web vs. Library Databases – A comparison
Harvard Guide to Using Sources: What Constitutes Plagiarism?
How To Find Quotations
There are several tactics for tracking down the full reference to a quotation. It is easy enough to put a quotation into Google and find out to whom it has been attributed. It is often much harder to find a source for the original quotation, especially when the quotation has been paraphrased, poorly cited, or mis-attributed.
For more widely known quotes, our books of quotations can be invaluable. From the general and classic Bartlett's Familiar Quotations to the more specific Oxford Dictionary of Humorous Quotations, they are routinely indexed by author and by subject. These books have different areas of overlap, so be sure to browse the reference section for multiple sources if you don't find your quote in the first book you try.
The subject index is particularly useful when you know a paraphrased quote or are not sure of the author:
"I wouldn't want to be in a club that would have me as a member." -perhaps Mark Twain?
A search in Bartlett's for club as the subject leads us directly to the actual quote:
"Please accept my resignation. I don't care to belong to any club that will accept me as a member."
-Groucho Marx, The Groucho Letters (1967)
A useful free resource is: http://www.bartleby.com/quotations/
Foreign Language Quotations
These can be the most difficult to deal with, especially since variations in translation may produce several versions in English of the original. Consider the last line of Albert Camus' The Myth of Sisyphus, which appears as "One must believe that Sisyphus is happy" in Bartlett's and as "One must imagine Sisyphus happy" in another translation.
For cases such as these, it makes sense to turn to the original language, in this case French. The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations gives an English translation and the French original, "Il faut imaginer Sisyphe heureux."
Quotes that are not cataloged in the works described above can still be discovered with a little sleuthing. For this sort of searching, our full text resources are quite helpful. You may find the actual quote and citation online, or a decent reference to a paper resource.
Google Book Search is excellent for finding lines from plays and citations for quotations. Even if you can't see all the material online, you will have a reference to a book that can then be tracked down in the library for verification. Don't use quotation marks when you search this way if you think the quote might have been paraphrased - that way Google will return near matches as well as exact ones.
You might use a news database like ProQuest Historical Newspapers (US) to find a quote from an interview.
A full text scholarly resource such as JSTOR will often turn up references to an obscure quote.
If all else fails, ask a librarian for help.
*Content of this page adapted from Williams College Library Resource.