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ENG 342: American Girls Fiction: Finding Books

Catalog searching tips

  •  Subject Search: To find materials written ABOUT your subject. 
    • When viewing items, change Sort to “Reverse Year” to see newest items at top.
    • Search by last name first, then first name.
  • Author Search: To find materials written BY your subject.
    • Search by last name first, then first name.
  • Keyword (or Word) Search
    •  Will provide mix of materials, some by and some about your subject.
    • Will reveal materials that would not have appeared through author or subject search (e.g., if your subject was listed in the Table of Contents). 
    •  Use additional search terms such as "criticism" (in addition to your subject's name or the book's title) to help narrow your results.

Finding Books

HOW:

  • Keywords: don't forget to try broader/narrower terms, synonyms, and related terms (examples: property, aristocracy, upper-class)
  • Click on each title to get the full information (catalog record)
  • Use Subject links at the bottom of the catalog record to find similar items
  • Try a Boolean Operator: AND, NOT, OR
  • How about a wildcard? Invent* will give you: Invent, Invents, Inventor, Invention

SUBJECT TERMS:

  • When you find a book that looks good, scroll down and look at the subject terms.  This can lead you to other good sources and help you generate keywords. Here are a few subject terms that may be useful for this class:

Girls in Literature

Girls -- Books and Reading

Children's stories, American -- History and criticism

Teenage Girls in Fiction

Subject Guide

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Rebecca Seipp
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MSIS, Information Science
The University of Texas at Austin
BA, History
Southwestern University
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