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Just getting started?

Start by doing some background research. Take time to engage in some brainstorming exercises that will help you identify key subject terms. Encyclopedias and other reference resources can be used to help you refine your subject terms and the citations in these sources can be used to find more information on your topic.

Consider how much time you have to complete your assignment and how hard it will be to get the resources you need for your topic. If you are finding your research difficult to manage, narrow your topic or break your research down into manageable sub-topics. If you are not finding enough information on your topic, try using broader subject terms.

Other Useful Guides

Guide to the Library Using Databases Citation Guide

Library Catalog: Books, Videos, e-Books and more!

Call number areas to browse

Subject Area
Call Number Range
Subject Area
Call Number Range
Subject Area
Call Number Range
Special Kinds of Fiction. Fiction Genres PN 3427-3448 Collections of Fiction PN 6120.15-6120.95

The books in the library are organized by subject. You can browse these call number areas to find related books. So, if you are searching the library catalog and find a book that looks interesting or particularly relevant to your research, you can search the shelves in the library in the same call number area to find related items.

Reference Sources

Title Call Number
The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Science Fiction REF PN3433.4 .M36 2001
The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction REF PN3433.4 .E53 1995
Reference Guide to Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror REF PN3433.5 .B87 2002
Science Fiction Writers: Critical Studies of the Major Authors from the Early 19th Century to the Present REF PS374.S35 S36 1999
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The reference collection is located at the back, right-hand side of the library. Items in this collection cannot be checked out, but a copier is conveniently located so you can make copies of the resources you find.

To search the Library Catalog for reference books abou tScience Fiction, go to www.lonestar.edu/library and select "Advanced Search" on the "Catalog" tab. Enter "Science Fiction" or a related subfield into the "Subject" field and then limit your search by selecting "Collection: Reference Books" from the Collections/Media menu.

To limit your search to items located at Montgomery Library, select "Location: LSC-Montgomery" in the Locations menu.

Circulating Books

Title Call Number
The Road to Science Fiction PS648.S3 R62 2002
The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction PN3433.5 .R69 2009
The Science in Science Fiction: 83 SF Predictions that Became Scientific Reality Q162.B65 2005
Lost in Space: Geographies of Science Fiction PN3433.6 .L67 2002

Find More Science Fiction Find More Science Fiction – History and Criticism Find More Literature and Science


To search the Library Catalog for books about Science Fiction, go to www.lonestar.edu/library and select "Advanced Search" on the "Catalog" tab. Enter "Science Fiction" or a related subfield into the "Subject" field and then limit your search to items you can check-out by selecting "Collection: Circulating Books" from the Collections/Media menu.

To limit your search to items located at Montgomery Library, select "Location: LSC-Montgomery" in the Locations menu.

E-Books

Title E-Book Type
Science Fiction netLibrary eBook
Technophobia!: Science Fiction Visions of Posthuman Technology netLibrary eBook
Transrealist Fiction: Writing in the Slipstream of Science netLibrary eBook
Classics of Science Fiction and Fantasy Literature netLibrary eBook

Find More Science Fiction Find More Science Fiction – History and Criticism Find More Literature and Science


To search the Library Catalog for e-books about Science Fiction or a related subfield, go to www.lonestar.edu/library and select "Advanced Search" on the "Catalog" tab. Enter "Science Fiction" or a related subfield into the "Subject" field and then limit your search to items you can check-out by selecting "Collection: Electronic Books" from the Collections/Media menu.

To limit your search to items available to Montgomery Library patrons only, select "Location: LSC-Montgomery" in the Locations menu.

Audio/Visual Materials

Title Call Number
Mary Shelley: The Birth of Frankenstein PR5397.F73 M3655 2004
Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles PS3503.R167 M378 2004
Science Fiction PN3433.5 .S33 2002
A Century of Science Fiction PN1995.9.S26 C46 1996

Find More Science Fiction Find More Science Fiction – History and Criticism Find More Literature and Science


To search the Library Catalog for books about Science Fiction, go to www.lonestar.edu/library and select "Advanced Search" on the "Catalog" tab. Enter "Science Fiction" or a related subfield into the "Subject" field and then limit your search to items you can check-out by selecting "Media: Videos, DVDs, films, slides, etc." from the Collections/Media menu.

To limit your search to items located at Montgomery Library, select "Location: LSC-Montgomery" in the Locations menu.

Tips!

Requesting items not available at Montgomery Library:

If there is an item listed in the catalog, but it is not located at Montgomery Library, just select the “Request First Available Copy of this Item” button from the catalog record to have the item sent to Montgomery Library for pick-up. To complete your request, you need your library barcode and PIN number. Generally, your PIN number is the last 4 digits of the phone number you used to register for classes. If you have problems requesting an item, contact the Circulation Desk in person, at 936.273.7387 or email mclr@lonestar.edu

If the item is not available in the catalog:

Just select the “Requests” tab located in the upper, right-hand side of the screen. Complete and submit the Inter-Library Loan Request Form – LSCS. Contact a librarian if you need help!

Research Databases: Find journal, magazine, and newspaper articles

Recommended Databases

Bloom’s Literary Reference Essays and criticism examining the lives of great authors and their works throughout history.
Literature Resource Center Full-text journal articles, critical essays, work overviews & summaries, and author biographies from authoritative sources.
Gale Literary Databases Search "Contemporary Authors," "Contemporary Literary Criticism Select," and "Dictionary of Literary Biography" together.
Project Muse Full text of 285 journals in literature, history, international/cultural studies and other humanities and social science fields.

Tips!

Finding the right database:

If you’d like to explore a subject area: Access the Research Databases: www.lonestar.edu/library -> Find Articles Tab> -> Select a category that is relevant to your topic.

If you know the title of the journal you’re looking for, use the A to Z Electronic Journal Search to find out which database provides access to that journal: www.lonestar.edu/library ->Find Articles Tab -> A to Z Electronic Journal Search -> Select “Search” tab

If you know the database title: www.lonestar.edu/library -> Find Articles Tab -> Find Database by Title

If the full-text/PDF version of an article is not available, select the “Check LinkSource for more information” link to see if another database offers full-text access.

Accessing Databases from Home:

You can access these databases from home using your library barcode number. If you have problems accessing the databases, contact the Circulation Desk in person, at 936.273.7387 or email mclr@lonestar.edu

Interlibrary Loan (ILL):

If you are not able to find a resource that you need in the databases or in the library catalog, you can request the item via the Interlibrary Loan Form: http://www.lonestar.edu/library/interlibrary-request.htm

Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed Sources

Scholarly articles are written by an authority on the subject and are meant to share primary research with others in the field. Unlike popular sources, scholarly sources generally have a narrow audience and include a clear author or sponsoring association. These documents are very structured and usually include a literature review, methodology, and extensive citations. Many scholarly sources are also peer-reviewed which means others in the field reviewed the work before it was published. Many databases will allow you to limit your search to scholarly and/or peer-reviewed sources – look for this option.

Websites

Occasionally the librarians at LSC - Montgomery library will find a website they consider exceptional or particularly useful for academic research.

Suggested Websites:

The SF Site sfsite.com
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America sfwa.org
The Hugo Awards thehugoawards.org
Science Fiction Hub at the University of Liverpool sfhub.ac.uk
Uchronia uchronia.net
Internet Speculative Fiction Database isfdb.org/cgi-bin/index.cgi
Science Fiction Research Association sfra.org

Getting research assistance . . .

Subject Librarian

Sarah Palacios-Wilhelm
Email: sarahpwilhelm@lonestar.edu Phone: 936.273.7393 Office: bldg. F-161

Reference Desk

Email: mclr@lonestar.eduPhone: 936 273 7390

Department Contacts

Department Home: http://www.lonestar.edu/english.htm

Name Email Phone Number Office Number
David Zimmermann, Department Chair david.h.zimmermann@lonestar.edu 936.273.7267 G120-E


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