An overview of writerly inspiration, perspiration, and contemplation, this course considers the creative process that leads to literary texts within and across a variety of genres, periods, and personalities. Readings and assignments will include not only literary texts, but also essays on writing and the writing life.
Ideas and links for library resources to support your Research Essay for this course are provided here.
Effective research requires two vital things:
Suggestions for search terms and databases are provided here.
To find books in our library (whether they're e-books or print books), the database you search is TOPCAT, the library catalogue. This is the only database that tells you what's in our library.
If you haven't already read it, take a look at the TOPCAT tutorial.
To find books about an author, search for the author as a subject. Library catalogue subject headings are uniformly presented in this format:
You can find these in either of two ways:
There's also a subject heading for Canadian authors:
When you search TOPCAT you'll find e-books and print books.
The following Reference books are available in Durham, and may be helpful.
The process of locating scholarly articles is outlined in the online tutorial: Finding Articles (see link below).
As with TOPCAT searches, be sure to look for your author as a subject rather than an author. You want to find articles about the author, not by the author.
Try both "firstname lastname" and "lastname, firstname". E.G. "rohinton mistry" or "mistry, rohinton".
Most articles will be about their work, rather than their lives. Browse through your results for things like biographies or interviews.