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Introduction to Literary Studies: Assignment


​Below you will find four assignments you can work on during the library session. If all works out well, you have a number of relevant titles on your topic after finishing the assignments. If you think your topic is not well-defined enough, try to describe it with the best possible terms and give the several search engines a try.

Have a look at the tabs of this LibGuide before you make the assignments. At each assignment you will find links to background information. Click through to other LibGuides, where you will also find useful information.

Write down your answers on the assignment form so you can get immediate feedback. 

Your topic

1a. Topic

Note down on what topic (theme and method) you will write a paper or give a presentation

1b. Search terms

Find search terms relating to this topic (Who? What? Where? When? etc.) Try to come up with as many search terms as possible, use synonyms. Make a list of these search terms. A mindmap could help you at organising the search terms in a structured way.

Searching for literature on your topic

2a. Literature

  •  Create a reading list with (at least) 3 relevant books and (at least) 3 relevant articles
  • Search with the search terms you defined earlier in the following search engines: WorldCat Utrecht, Google Scholar (with UBUlink) and MLA International Bibliography. 
  •  Make sure that every title you can get hold of is complete and free of charge (tip: check the UBUlink!)
  •  Write down at each title:
    1. in which search engine you have found it
    2. if it is available in print or digitally
    3. if it is a print version, indicate where exactly it is located in the library (location-collection-shelfmark).
    Please  only request print books if you really intend to read them (i.e. not the ones you use as examples for this assignment) 

  • Have some time left? Make a selfie of the titles of the books or articles which are available in print (yes, on the shelves)
    Upload it in BlackBoard.
  •  Still some time left? If you create an account in reference management tool Refworks, you can export the literature you found today directly to RefWorks.

2b. Title description

  •  Make a correct title description of two titles you found (1 book and 1 article), for instance according to MLA
  • Background information in this LibGuide under the tab Bronvermelding
  • Voorbeelden van de MLA stijl