English 102 MLA Project - Spring Semester 2014
#1 A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O'Connor
Step One: Go to Baxter Library Home Page and click on Search Library Databases
Scroll down to second listing to search: Subject Specific Databases then go to the Literary Criticism section.
Step Two: Choose Literature Resource Center (if you are a visual learner watch the video for detailed searching techniques-click the circle with the arrow link for tutorial)
Step Three: You are now ready to begin your Advanced Search. Type in the required information in the search boxes provided. Example: Keyword= misfit / Name of work= a good man is hard to find / Person-By or About= Flannery O’Conner.
This is a very specific search and will retrieve only 5 results in the “Literary Criticism.” tab.
#3 looks promising because of the title: 3. 'One Of My Babies': The Misfit and the Grandmother. Stephen C. Bandy. Studies in Short Fiction 33.1 (Winter 1996): p107-118. Rpt. in Short Story Criticism. Ed. Janet Witalec. Vol. 61. Detroit: Gale, 2003. Word Count: 4973. From Literature Resource Center.
After you open and review the “Full Text” Critical Essay and determine it useful, e-mail yourself a copy or save the search in your “Marked Items” folder (located above the Advanced Search tab in the upper right menu bar) and continue your research. Saved essays will be stored as Marked Documents only for the session. You may want to create a “locker” for specific databases by creating an account that will save them long term.
Try another search using only the title. This will retrieve more results because it is a “broader search” and as you can see there are now 44 “Literary Criticism” essays to research. This is way too many results so we need to narrow the topic/keywords to be more specific.
In the yellow Search column on the left you will see several topic/keywords (Subject Terms) to choose from. Based on your assignment I would suggest exploring: Violence (3) results / Murder (2) results and lastly A Good Man is Hard to Find (26) results.
You can use this same search strategy with any database.
Start with a broad search in Periodicals Premier by searching the title without selecting a field in the drop down menu. 160 results are generated. Next use the tools on the left side such as “Full Text” – “Source Types” – “Date Range” – “Subject: Thesaurus Term” – to narrow your results.
Search Library Databases to find Magazine, Journal, and Newspaper articles and more.