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ENG101 - College Writing

Eng 101 : College Writing
Professor Elizabeth Sullivan
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Email Address esulliva@bristol.mass.edu,
Campus Extension : 2803

 
   Introduction

This course guide is designed to assist you with research for Dr. Elizabeth Sullivan’s English 101, College Writing course.  If you need assistance using any of the sources or need help finding additional information please contact a reference librarian either by stopping by the LRC, calling 508.678.2811, ext. 2108, or using our Online Reference form.

   Research Project

This research paper assignment requires you to find and incorporate into your discussion some of the ideas and theories that experts have published about The Great Gatsby. The best sources for these critical materials are books of criticism, reference books, and articles in journals. The listings below will help you to locate the scholarly sources you need. Some are in book form, and must be obtained in the library, while others are in electronic format, and can be obtained through the library’s Reference Databases from any location with internet access. 

   Online Databases

The library provides online databases which offer articles from scholarly journals, magazines, and reference books. Some of them are available only in the library, while others are also accessible from off campus if you have a valid accessBCC card. The databases listed below include critical material on Gatsby, and the computer symbol indicates availability from off campus.

Databases are accessible from off campus to patrons who have a valid accessBCC card unless otherwise specified.

Scribner Writers Series
Presents scholarly essays from reference books about authors’ lives and works. Follow these steps:

At the main menu, click on the first link, “Authors A-Z”

Next, click on “F”.  When the list of authors appears, you will see 2 entries for “Fitzgerald, F. Scott”. These are 2 different essays, both of which provide some criticism of The Great Gatsby. A quick way to get the relevant parts is to press <control> F, to bring up the “find” box. Type in “gatsby” and click on the “find next” button. 

At the beginning of each essay there is a link to “Citation”. If you use this source, you should check the citation, as you will need this information to document your source. Note that the citation is not in MLA format.

Dictionary of Literary Biography
Presents scholarly essays from reference books about authors’ lives and works. Follow these steps:

On the search page, you just need to fill out 2 boxes:

Author Name: Fitzgerald, F. Scott

Title of Work: Great Gatsby

Click on the “search” button.

Two documents will come up. The second one, American Novelists, provides a more substantive discussion of Gatsby.

When the essay comes up, you will see a table of contents that includes Great Gatsby. You can also press <control>F, to bring up the “find” box. Type in “Gatsby” and click on the “find next” button.

To get information about citing this source, go to the table of contents and click on “About This Essay”. The information is not in MLA format.

Twayne’s Authors Series

Presents entire books of literary criticism in an online format. Follow these steps:

At the main menu, click on the first link, “Authors A-Z”

Next, click on “F”. When the list of authors appears, click on “Fitzgerald, F. Scott”

A “Table of Contents” page will appear. Scroll down to Chapter 5, which discusses The Great Gatsby.

Also on the “Table of Contents” page is a link on the left to “Citation”. If you use this source, you should check the citation, as you will need this information to document your source. Note that the citation is not in MLA format.

Expanded Academic ASAP
This comprehensive database covers many topics, including literature, and presents articles from both magazines and scholarly journals. You will find some critical articles here. For successful results, use the keyword search method, which requires typing in your main search concepts connected with “and.”

For example, if you are analyzing the use of light in the novel, in the “Find” box, type: gatsby and light.

Next, click in the two little boxes below, to “Limit the results” to “documents with full text” and to “peer-reviewed publications.”

Click on the “search” button. You will see several results, some from the Explicator, an excellent source, because the critical essays are scholarly but meant to be comprehensible to students.


Academic Search Premier
This comprehensive database covers many topics, including literature, and presents articles from both magazines and scholarly journals. You will find some critical articles here. For successful results, use the keyword search method, which requires typing in your main search concepts connected with “and.”

For example, if you are analyzing the character of Daisy in your paper, in the “Find” box, type: gatsby and daisy.
Next, click in two little boxes below to “Limit your results” to “Full Text” and to “Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals.”
Click on the “search” button. You will see several results, one being an article from the Explicator. Any of these articles may be useful. It’s definitely worth checking the Explicator, since this publication provides scholarly articles which are short and meant to be comprehensible to students.

    Reference Books

These books are available in the library. They cannot be borrowed, but you can make photocopies of the pages you need. The call number indicates the location of the book on the shelf. 

Ref / PN / 50 / L574 / 1997 / V. 3
Literature and Its Times

Ref / PN / 44 / M355 / V. 2
1300 Critical Evaluations of Selected Novels and Plays

Ref / PN / 771 / G27
(Check the title Index booklet to find the volumes that include Gatsby. It is usually shelved at the end of the set.)
Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism

Ref / PS / 21 / E537 / 2004 / V. 2
The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature

Ref / PS / 21 / M34 / 1991 / V. 2
Magill’s Survey of American Literature

Ref / PS / 3511.19 / G845 / 1999 / V. 219
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby: A Documentary Volume
. (Dictionary of Literary Biography series.)

   Reserve Books

Dr. Sullivan has chosen a number of the library’s circulating books which deal with The Great Gatsby and put them on reserve. This means that they are kept at the Circulation Desk, under her name. You may ask for the books there, and use them in the library. They cannot be borrowed, but you may take notes or photocopy pages that you need. 

   Online Catalog

The Online Catalog lists all of the library’s books and media materials. You may check BCC’s holdings about Fitzgerald’s works to see if any are available to be borrowed, as not every one may be on reserve.

You can also expand your search to other libraries in the SAILS network, to find useful books of criticism about Gatsby. Just go to the drop down menu on the right, scroll all the way up to the top of the list, and click on “ALL.”

Then type: Great Gatsby, and click on the “Subject” button. The results will provide a list of critical works about that book.

If you want to find more books, type: F. Scott Fitzgerald, and click on the “Subject” button. Some of the books that deal with Fitzgerald’s other works include Gatsby.

If you wish to borrow a book, you can place a “hold” and have the book sent to BCC or another library that is convenient for you. Materials requested from other libraries are delivered to the LRC within 2 to 3 business days. If you need help, please ask a reference librarian for more information, or read our research guide, “How to Place a Hold in the Online Catalog.”