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ENG 402: Research Seminar

A guide for Bluffton University students in the English Research Seminar course, ENG 402

Introduction and search suggestions

Use the library's catalog to search for books and book-length resources on your chosen topic.  Try searches like:

<>  AUTHOR searches work best by searching last name first, like:

  • shakespeare, william
  • angelou, m
  • james, henry
  • stein, gertrude

<>  KEYWORD search on author's name followed by the word, "critic" with an asterisk after, like:

  • Flannery O'Connor critic*
  • James Joyce critic*
  • Toni Morrison critic*
  • Shakespeare critic*

This will retrieve results which include words like critical or criticism, etc.

<>  Same keyword search, but with interpret* instead of critic*

This will retrieve results which include the words interpreting, interpretation, etc.


You may find eBooks in your lists of results.  An access link is shown on the catalog's detail screen for a given book.

As you review the list of search results, check the "Full Record" tab for relevant Subject Headings.  Some examples are:

AuthorLastName, AuthorFirstName -- Criticism and intepretation.

TopicXYZ -- In literature.

Click on these subject headings to see a more accurate search.  Then, click the Search OhioLINK button while looking at your search results, and reveal additional resources you can request.

Selected Print and Electronic book sources