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ENG 234 Spring 2010  

Introduction to Women's Literature: Latin American Women's Literature
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Welcome to the guide for ENG 234, Introduction to Women's Literature: Latin American Women's Literature, sections 001 and 002.

This guide will connect you with resources to find books, journal articles, and information from reference books.


Getting Started with your Research

Some tips to get you started:

  • Understand your assignment. What kind of information do you need? Literary criticism, biographical information?
  • Know your deadlines. It is so much easier to do your research early so that you will have plenty of time to write your paper.
  • Develop your topic. Narrowing your broad idea to a specific question you want to research will save you much time and effort.
  • Brainstorm keywords. Think about keywords related to each aspect of your topic to help in searching.

If you run into trouble at any point in your research process, you can always Ask a Librarian for help. 

Another advantage to starting your research early: you can schedule a consultation with a librarian. Librarians are here to help you navigate the many resources available to you, and a consultation is a great opportunity to make sure you are looking in the right places. Librarians are glad to help!

Background Information

Need some information to get started? These resources are useful for finding background information, particularly if you are just starting to explore your subject. The articles in these databases provide a good overview to help you learn more about your topic, making it easier to find books and journal articles related to your topic.

  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    Collection of full-text reference and biographical sources. Includes Contemporary Authors as well as Encyclopedia of World Biography, Contemporary Hispanic Biography, Feminism in Literature, and other relevant reference materials.
  • Oxford Reference Online: Literature
    Quick-reference coverage of a broad range of subjects. Brings together language and subject reference works from Oxford University Press into a single cross-searchable resource.

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