Library Assignment: Part 1
Look for a book in Spanish in the library catalogue. It must be somehow related to our course: i.e. a collection of short stories, a novel, a collection of poems, a history book. It also must be a book that you can check out. You will then bring the book to class.
Searching the Library Catalog:
We will walk through this process in class, but here you will find the basic steps we took to get to books in Spanish.
The below steps are for if you don't know what book or collection you would like to use, if you already know of a book you want to use you can simply search for it using the search toolbar on the library's homepage.
- On the library's homepage first use the dropdown menu next to the search bar to select "Books & Media," then click on the magnifying glass icon on the opposite side of the search bar.
- This will take you to the library's catalog and from here we can begin narrowing our search to Spanish Language books.
- Scroll down the page keeping an eye on the right hand column until you come to the section titled "Language" and click on "Spanish." This will change the results to show only books in Spanish.
- Now scroll back up to the top of the page and in the same right hand column under "Collection" Select "Main Stacks." allow your page to update and then click the Xs next to all of the remaining collection options.
- Still using the right hand column you can now scroll down to "Subject" where you can selection Literature, History, Poetry, or you can click on "more" to see more options.
- Once you have done the final narrowing of your options in step 5 you can begin browsing looking for a book to use for the class assignment.
- When you find a book you think you might want to use, you may want to check google scholar to see how much it has been cited. This will tell you how likely you will be to find secondary sources for your book.
To use google scholar to see how many times the work you would like to use has been cited. Search for the title in qoutations marks along with the author's name and make sure it has more than two citations.
- Finally! It's time to go get your book. You need to take two things with you up into the stacks to find a book. The "Call Number" and the books location. Both of those are front and center in our catalog records.
Library Assignment: Part 2
Once you found your book you need to look for 3 secondary sources related to it. They must be academic essays. You will then compile a bibliography in MLA format of these 3 sources.
Finding Secondary Sources:
Secondary sources can be both books and journal articles, so you can make use of the pages on this guide for Finding Books and Scholarly/Peer Reviewed Articles.
HOWEVER, be careful if you are searching for articles that you are not getting book reviews, which are not scholarly, but are sometimes published in scholarly journals. You will be most likely to see these if you are searching the library's website like you did in Part 1 of this assignment only instead of searching under "Books & Media" you will be searching under "Articles & More."
- To begin your search go to the library's homepage, in the dropdown menu next to the search bar select "Articles & More," enter your search key words, and the click the magnifying glass.
- Just like with the books we will refine our search before looking at the results. In the right hand column make sure you check the box next to "Limit to articles from peer reviewed journals," allow the page to update and then click on the X next to "Book Reveiws." This should remove most of the book reviews from your results.
- Once you have done the above step you can begin browsing, but do keep an eye out for results like the one below, they will be labeled as "Book Review" and you should not use them for this assignment.
You can also search for articles in any of the databases listed on the "Scholarly/Peer Reviewed Articles" page of this guide. Also remember that books and book chapters count and you can search for those under "Books & Media."
To search google scholar and link it to Villanova's resources so that Find It links will show up in google scholar follow the steps on this page.
Library Assignment: Part 3
Write a paragraph about your personal experience browsing Falvey Library's catalogue and stacks focusing on what you learned from it. Send the paragraph to your professor by 11:59 pm the night before your next class.