This web guide is designed to assist you in using the library's French Literature resources, both print and electronic.
Please don't hesitate to contact me to ask for a research consultation, schedule an instruction session at the library for your class, or to suggest purchasing books or other materials to add to the Libraries' collections.
When searching for information on your topic, it is always a good idea to take time to develop a search strategy. Such a strategy will not only save you time in the long run, but it will go a long way toward ensuring that you retrieve everything that is pertinent to your research topic. Although the details will vary depending on the database you are using, a sound search strategy includes the following elements:
- Define your search topic in a sentence or two.
- Identify the major concepts of your search topic.
- List keywords that describe each concept.
- Decide how you need to combine the concepts and keywords.
- Determine which kinds of resources are likely to have the information you are seeking.
Evaluating Information Found on the Internet
The internet offers information and data from all over the world. Because so much information is available, and because that information can appear to be fairly “anonymous”, it is necessary to develop skills to evaluate what you find. When you use a research or academic library, the books, journals and other resources have already been evaluated by scholars, publishers and librarians. Every resource you find has been evaluated in one way or another before you ever see it. When you are using the internet, none of this applies. There are no filters. Because anyone can write a Web page, documents of the widest range of quality, written by authors of the widest range of authority, are available on an even playing field. Excellent resources reside along side the most dubious. The internet epitomizes the concept of Caveat lector: Let the reader beware.
What to consider:
Point of view or bias
List of sources cited