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EN 104 - Honor and Valor: The Warrior in Literature and Film


This is a guide to selected sources of information related to the Honor and Valor: The Warrior in Literature and Film course. The guide is meant as a starting point for your research. For further research assistance, please take advantage of the reference services available to you in Geisel Library.


Research Basics

The reference librarians have created a group of Web pages named Research Help to help teach you the basics of library research and to introduce you to Geisel Library. On the Research Help pages, you will find a guide on Research Basics and a helpful guide on evaluating Web resources titled, our guide on Evaluating Websites. Please take advantage of these resources.


Reference Sources for Background Information

Reference books are shelved by Library of Congress call number in the reference stacks near the reference desk. They may not be checked out, but photocopiers are available on the lower level of the Library. Online reference sources can be found in the library catalog, or listed on E-Reference Resources.

Electronic Reference Materials

Use the following electronic reference materials instead of wikipedia; these resources are full of quality information and are as easy to use as wikipedia.

The following resources are restricted to the Saint Anselm College community.

Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL)

Oxford Reference Online (ORO)

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online

Literature Resource Center

Print Reference Materials

American Writers: A Collection of Literary Biographies (13 volumes, 1974-98)
     Ref PS129 .A55

Articles on American Literature (3 volumes)
     Ref PS88 .A77

Critical Survey of Literary Theory
     Ref PN45 .C74 1988

Critical Survey of Long Fiction (8 volumes)
     Ref PN3451 .C7

Critical Essays on Willa Cather
     Ref PS3505 .A87 Z593

Critical Temper: A Survey of Modern Criticism on English and American Literature from the Beginnings to the Twentieth Century (4 volumes)
     Ref PR83.C764

Dictionary of Literary Terms
     Ref PN41 .C83

Dictionary of Literary Themes and Motifs (2 Volumes)
     Ref PN43 .D48

Encyclopedia of Film (4 volumes)
     Ref PN1993.45 .G65

Encyclopedia of Novels into Film
     Ref PN1997.85 .T54 (use both editions)

Encyclopedia of War Movies
     Ref PN1995.9 .W3 D38

Glossary of Contemporary Literary Theory
     Ref PN44.5 .H37 1998

Historical Fiction: A Guide to the Genre
     Ref PS374 .H5 J64

Literary Criticism Series
     Contemporary Literary Criticism (Ref PN94 .C65)
     Nineteenth Century Literary Criticism (Ref PN761 .N56)
     Twentieth Century Literary Criticism (Ref PN94 .T83)
To find out the volumes in which your author or literary work are covered, use the Gale Literary Index

Oxford Companion to Shakespeare
     Ref PR2892 .O9


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Search Tips

To search the library catalogs and databases listed below you will need to use Boolean operators (ANDs and ORs), truncation, and quotation marks to pull up articles on your topic. Here is a brief overview of how to use Boolean operators and truncation:

  • AND - use AND to link together search topics (Henry V AND analysis)
  • OR - use OR to link together synonyms or like concepts (criticism OR analysis) AND war poetry
  • *  - use truncation to pull up the root of a word with variant endings (Type crit* to pull up items with the words critic, criticism, critical, etc.)
  • Quotation marks - When performing keyword searches use quotation marks to search for your keywords as an exact phrase (Type: "World War I" to look for the exact phrase of: World War I. If you do not enclose your phrase with quotes the catalog will look for the term World and War and I as separate words throughout the entire catalog record)


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Find Books/Secondary Sources

Search the Geisel Library Catalog to locate books, government documents and web materials on your topic. There are two ways to search the library catalog, by subject heading or by keyword. Each method has its own benefits and drawbacks, it is important therefore to know the best time to use each method.

Subject Headings Searches

Subject headings are keywords that are assigned to books to capture the item's key subject matter and themes. Use subject headings to look for books on broad concepts such as criticism on Henry V or books on war poetry.

Examples of Subject Headings relevant to this course include:

Keyword Searches

Keyword Searches work best if you are researching a narrow concept or if you have an author or title that you would like criticism on. Keyword searches will look for your search term(s) in the citation, subject headings, and chapter titles (if available). Many books on literary criticism have chapters on specific authors or works, this search method will pull up those materials.

Examples of Keyword Searches relevant to this course include:

  • American Civil War and film
  • War and (film or motion picture)
  • Shakespeare and Henry V and interpretation
  • Willa Cather and (crit* or analysis)

If you have searched the Geisel Library Catalog but could not locate a book on your topic try searching WorldCat, a database that allows you to search the collections of libraries throughout the United States. If you find a book that you want you can request it through interlibrary loan (ILL) by clicking on the ILL icon in the book's catalog record.


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Find Journal Articles

When examining your search results you may come across the WebBridge icon. This icon means that the full text is not available in the database you are currently searching. To locate the full text, simply click on the icon to determine whether the journal is available in Geisel Library or in another electronic database. If the article isn't available, consider clicking on the Interlibrary Loan link to request a PDF copy of the article from another library. Articles requested via ILL will be delivered to your email inbox in approximately 3-7 business days. To learn about how to use WebBridge, please watch our video tutorial (3.5 mins; includes audio).

Core English Research Databases

Literature Resource Center
Find biographical information on authors, as well as bibliographies, plot summaries, and literary criticism of their works. This resource also provides the full text of articles from more than 100 literary journals.

MLA International Bibliography
Produced by the Modern Language Association of America, this electronic index consists of bibliographic records pertaining to literature, language, linguistics, and folklore. (1963–present)

Academic Search Premier
Gain access to full-text as well as indexing and abstracting for a wide range of journal titles covering business, social sciences, humanities, general science, and education.

Additional Research Databases

Communication and Mass Media Complete (CMMC)
Use CMMC to research topics related to film studies and film criticism

Project MUSE
Use Project Muse to pull up research on your topic from a variety of different disciplines. Titles of interest to this course include: Contemporary Literature, Comparative Literature Studies, and the Journal of Modern Literature.

JSTOR is an interdisciplinary database that contains the full text of back issues to major journals in the humanities and social sciences, including Nineteenth-Century Literature, American Literature, and American Literary History.


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Selected Internet Resources

Searching the Internet can yield a vast amount of information, but in terms of quality and reliability, your results may be uneven at best. The ease and speed with which individuals can publish information on the web, regardless of accuracy or quality makes it imperative that when doing research on the web you know how to evaluate the information you find. To learn more, see our guide on Evaluating Websites.

If when searching the Internet, you locate references to books or articles that you would like to view please check with a reference librarian to see if the items can be located in Geisel Library's print or electronic collection or through Interlibrary Loan.

Electronic Book Collections

Project Guttenberg
Project Guttenberg allows you to read ebook versions of novels for free on its website. Search by author, title, or genre to locate a book of your choosing. To search by genre, click the Bookshelf link on the left side of the screen.

Google Book Search
Google Books also lets you read digitized books on its website. To search for full text versions of works:

  1. Click Advanced Book Search
  2. Enter in your keywords
  3. Click the "Full View" radio button

By selecting Full View you are limiting your search to only those books that are available in full text in the Google Books collection. Full View books are limited to those works that are no longer copyright protected.


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Citing Sources

See the library's Citing Sources guide for resources on how to properly cite research materials. Always confirm the style required by your instructor.


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