Harlem Renaissance: A research guide
These are only some of the sources that may be useful to you. Please contact me for help with any of your research needs, Sylvia Morra, x1452, or email AskUs.
Use Reference Books
Reference books are located on the main floor of the library and cannot be checked out. A number of different reference books may prove useful as you research issues related to the Harlem Renaissance.
Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism Ref 809.04 G152t
Contemporary Literary Criticism Ref 809.04 C761
African American Lives Ref 920.009296 Af258
African American National Biography Ref 920 Af258
Afro-American Writers from the Harlem Renaissance to 1940 Ref 810.9896 Af2584
Encyclopedia of the Harlem Literary Renaissance Ref 810.9896 B878e
Harlem Renaissance: a Gale Critical Companion Ref 810.9896 H2843 Volume one provides a general overview of the Harlem Renaissance, then looks at social, economic and political factors, publishing, performing arts and visual arts during the Harlem Renaissance. The remaining two volumes focus on important writers, poets and essayists.
African American Writers Ref 810.9 Af258 2001 Provides in depth introduction to the work of African American writers who have made significant contribution to African American, American and world letters, culture and history. Bibliography is included.
Oxford Companion to African American Literature. Ref 810.8 Ox982
The Schomberg Center Guide to Black Literature Ref 809.8896 Sch369 Provides concise biographical information on more than 500 novelists, poets, critics, short story writers, dramatists, journalists, essayists, editors, screenwriters, children's writers, and historians and other nonfiction writers relevant to black literature. Provides brief plot summaries and explain the relevance of approximately 460 major works.
New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians Ref 780.3 M532 2000
The Dictionary of Art Ref 703 D554
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To access databases from off-campus, click on the "Database Access from Outside E-town Network" link on the library webpage, provide your network ID and password and click on the "Search and Find Articles" link.
Academic Search Premier Database covering all topics. Use subject searching. Use "Subject: Thesaurus Term" or "Subject" link to identify other subject words. View full text of article (PDF or html format). Use the magnifying glass icon or click on the title of the article to see the summary of the article. When looking at the full record, use the "Cite" link located on the left sidebar to find the article cited in various formats. Use "Locate E-town Journals link" to find article in other databases or in the library building. Use "Interlibrary Loan" link to request article from other libraries.
Contains the full-text of articles appearing in the back files (older issues) of 500 scholarly journals, including many literature journals.
Humanities International Complete. 1925+. Find articles covering literature, philosophy, the arts, history, and culture.
LION Access limited to 4 users at a time.
Literature Online database includes both texts and criticisms.
Includes brief biographical information, a list of writings by the author, brief analysis of writing career, and a listing of further readings.
Literature Criticism Online
Full text of both Contemporary Literary Criticism and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Searchable and browsable by author, title of work, or topic.
Use the Locate E-Town Journals link on the library webpage or from within library databases to find out which journal titles are held by the High Library either within the library itself (in print, microfiche, or microfilm) or within library databases. If the journal is held, check to see if the dates you need are available.
If the article you want is in the High Library and the periodical title is in microfilm or microfiche format, you can order copies of the articles online by using ILLiad Click on Request an Article and fill out the form. You will receive an email when the article is available on ILLiad for downloading.
Articles that are not available either in the Library or in library databases, can be ordered on interlibrary loan, also through ILLiad.
Search the internet efficiently by using google advanced search and google directory search
Try other search engines, such as ask.com clusty.com search.yahoo.com
To find highly rated academic web sites on specific subjects, use:
- IPL2--Formed as a merger between the Internet Public Library and Librarians' Internet Index.
- University of Wisconsin Scout Report: http://scout.wisc.edu/Archives/
- Intute: http://www.intute.ac.uk/
A Guide to Harlem Renaissance materials
Selected Women Writers of the Harlem Renaissance: a resource guide
Evaluate Internet Resources University of Maryland provides a checklist of questions to ask about an Internet resource or any information resource.
Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply & Questions to Ask UC Berkeley provides a great evaluative framework in a graphically-pleasing chart.
High Library citation resources
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