Search strategy
Here is a good, basic formula for getting started with your research plague and other topics related to literature and history.
  1. Begin your search with a library catalog (OBIS, OhioLINK and/or WorldCat) to find books and reference sources.  They provide BACKGROUND and CONTEXT, review and SUMMARIZE earlier work, help you FOCUS your topic and provide CITATIONS to important books, journal articles, conference papers, interviews, etc.
     
  2. Next, search research databases to find articles. The Library has hundreds of databases available, but the ones listed below are good places to begin.
     
  3. Finally, you may wish to use Google or Google Scholar to search the Internet.  Take advantage of Google's advanced search features!
What do YOU want to know?
  • Biographical info on the author / creator
  • About the particular text / photo / creative work 
  • Historical context/background -- what was _____ like during the time period you're researching?
  • How has this text been critiqued over the years?
  • Are there different versions of the text / story?
Start with some keyword brainstorming!

Finding background info
OBIS: Catalog of the Oberlin College Library Unrestricted Resource
OhioLINK Library Catalog Unrestricted Resource
WorldCat Restricted Resource

Library of Congress Subject Heading possibilities

Oberlin College   Oberlin College author -- 
Oberlin College -- History -- Sources  Oberlin (Ohio) -- History
Coeducation -- United States African Americans -- Education -- Ohio -- Oberlin -- History -- 19th century
College integration -- Ohio -- Oberlin African Americans -- Education -- Ohio -- Oberlin -- History -- 20th century
   













Other LCSH subdivisions to look out for:

-- History 

-- History and criticism
-- Biography-- Sources
-- Criticism and interpretation-- Influence
-- Bibliography--  Archival resources
-- Anecdotes

 









Summon
 -- searches across a wide range of library content, and not just books! It includes journal and newspaper articles, data, digital audio, video and images, and so much more. Try it and see what you can discover. 

Finding secondary sources
Academic Search Complete Restricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images
Multidisciplinary - good for nearly all subjects. Scholarly and trade journals, popular magazines, newspapers, conference proceedings, book reviews, and more.

Literary Reference Center Plus Restricted Resource Some full text available Resource contains images
A comprehensive database that provides a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. LRC combines information from major respected reference works, books, and literary journals.

Literature Resource Center Restricted Resource
Full-text database that includes author biographies and work overviews, literary criticism, and indexed books, essays, and articles on world literature.

MLA International Bibliography Restricted Resource
Index to books, essays, and journal articles on modern languages, literatures, folklore and linguistics. Topics include literary theory, criticism, folk literature and belief systems, linguistics, semantics, translation, dramatic arts, and history of printing and publishing. Covers literature worldwide and includes materials in all genres and in foreign languages. Dates of Coverage: 1926 to date

JSTOR Restricted Resource Some full text available
Scholarly journal archive for the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences;  recent volumes (within 2 to 5 years) not available for many titles.
Research help
Oberlin Special Collections & Archives
Special Collections and the College Archives share space in the Goodrich room, which is located on the 4th floor of Mudd. 

Hours:  1:30-4:30pm M-F and by appointment
Rare, valuable published materials and objects of historic and artistic significance

Archives
Hours:  10am-noon, 1-4:30pm M-F
Unpublished materials and objects relating to the College and to some degree, the town
 
Other resources
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