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ENG 228: American Pastoralism: Finding Secondary Sources

Exploring the Pastoral in Literature

The Wilds of Lake Superior - Thomas Moran, 1864

Detail of The Wilds of Lake Superior by Thomas Moran, 1864 via Wikimedia Commons.

New(ish) to doing college-level research? Or maybe it's been awhile since you've used the library or searched for sources. Either way, you might find this Quick Answers guide helpful, in addition to the resources on this page. It walks you through some basic skills and answers frequently asked questions about the library and research. And as we continue to live into this strange, new world, you might also find our Stay Connected: COVID19 guide to be helpful as well. This guide contains information about library & research services during the pandemic.

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For Background and Context

Wikipedia is great, but sometimes you want something a little more focused and academic. These books in the Reference Collection (main floor, Beck side) might help you define concepts and get a smart summaries about people or issues.

Finding Secondary Sources

Before you settle on a thesis for your paper, you will need to explore the possibilities a particular author and work provide for thinking about connections between humans and the natural world. The good news - it's wide open! The bad news - you'll have to narrow your focus. You'll get your main idea from the text itself, but for this paper you'll take your interpretation and add in what you can learn from at least two other sources about either the author or work you're focused on or sources about the themes or issues your interpretation draws out. Browse around and see what's out there as your thesis begins to firm up.

You should also use the Environmental Studies research guide for additional suggestions on places to search.

Interlibrary Loan

It's like Amazon, but without the bills! If we don't have a book or article you want, we will get it for you. In the catalog, you can widen a search to "libraries worldwide," click on the title of the book you want, then use the "request" button. In a few days you'll get an email when the book arrives and can pick it up at the information desk.

If we don't have an article, use the "find it" option in article databases to request it. You'll get a PDF of it in a day or two.

Use the "my library account" link on the left-hand side of the library's main page to get blank forms or check on the status of your ILLs.

The Tracking Down Materials tab above has more details on how to request items from ILL, too.

Off-Campus Access

When you click on a database, you will be prompted to log in with your Gustavus username and password.

If it doesn't work, contact me via email (click the email me button above).

Choosing Sources

Choosing Sources

Tips on how to recognize reliable sources by evaluating them in terms of relevance, currency, audience, and credibility.

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