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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
Texas folklore GR99.6-390 Texas myths G99.6-390 E History of the Americas
F381-395 History of the Americas--Texas PS261-267 American literature--South PS551-559
American literature by period PS700-3576 American literature—Individual authors PS700-3576 Folk legends GR72-79

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 Companion to Southern Literature: Themes, Genres, Places, People, Movements and Motifs REF PS261 .C55 2002
Fifty Southern Writers before 1900: a Bio-bibliographical Sourcebook REF PS261 .F543 1987
Encyclopedia of Southern Literature REF PS261 .S515 1997
Encyclopedia of Southern Culture REF F209 .E53 1989

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 about Texas Literature, go to www.lonestar.edu/library and select "Advanced Search" on the "Catalog" tab. Enter "Texas Literature" 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
Art at our Doorstep: San Antonio Writers + Artists NX511.S33 A78 2008
Red Boots & Attitude: The Spirit of Texas Women Writers PS558.T4 R38 2002
Conversations with Texas Writers PS266.T4 C66 2005
Adventures with a Texas Humanist PE64.L44 A3 2004

Find More Texas folklore Find More Texas myth* Find More Texas legend*


To search the Library Catalog for books about Texas Literature, go to www.lonestar.edu/library and select "Advanced Search" on the "Catalog" tab. Enter "Texas Literature" 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
This Stubborn Self: Texas Autobiographies netLibrary eBook
The Magic Curtain: the Mexican-American Border in Fiction, Film, and Song netLibrary eBook
Texas Indian Myths and Legends netLibrary eBook
The Folklore of Texan Cultures netLibrary eBook

Find More Texas authors Find More Texas legends Find More Texas folklore


To search the Library Catalog for e-books about Texas Literature or a related subfield, go to www.lonestar.edu/library and select "Advanced Search" on the "Catalog" tab. Enter "Texas Literature" 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
The Best of the Real West F591 .B47 2000
Texas Bound.III, More Stories by Texas Writers, Read by Texas Actors PS558.T4 T353 1998
The Alamo F390 .A4362 2000s
The Red Scream PS3573.A425354 R4 1996

Find More Texas fiction Find More Texas writers


To search the Library Catalog for books about Texas Literature, go to www.lonestar.edu/library and select "Advanced Search" on the "Catalog" tab. Enter "Texas Literature" 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.

Periodicals

Texas Almanac Reference Collection
Texas Parks & Wildlife Periodicals Collection
Writing Across the Curriculum: in the Disciplines and in the Workplace: a Journal of Student Writing at Lone Star College-Montgomery Circulating Books
Swirl: the Literary and Arts Zine of Montgomery College Circulating Books
The Texas Observer Periodicals Collection
Texas Highways Periodicals Collection
Southwestern Historical Quarterly Periodicals Collection

The periodical section is located in front of the circulating collection, next to the outdoor patio area. The periodical collection is organized by title. These items cannot be checked out, but there is a copy machine available adjacent to the periodical section.

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 Online 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.
JSTOR Complete historical full text of all issues of journals in a wide range of humanities and social science fields.
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:

Texas Authors goodreads.com/list/show/3420.Texas_Authors
Legends of America legendsofamerica.com/index.html
American Folklore americanfolklore.net/folktales/tx.html
James Michener Biography – Academy of Achievement achievement.org/autodoc/page/mic0bio-1
American Masters pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/episodes/katherine-anne-porter/about-katherine-anne-porter/686
About Sandra Cisneros sandracisneros.com/bio.php
Donald Barthelme News – The New York Times topics.nytimes.com/topics/reference/timestopics/people/b/donald_barthelme/index.html
CormacMcCarthy.com – The Official Website of the Cormac McCarthy Society cormacmccarthy.com/biography
LITERATURE – Texas State Historical Association tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/kzl01

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: https://www.lonestar.edu/english-dept.htm.

Name Email Phone Number Office Number
David Zimmermann, English Department Chair david.h.zimmermann@lonestar.edu 936-273-7267 G120-E
Natasha Hunt, Lead Faculty for English Natasha.Hunt@lonestar.edu 936-271-6339 G221-N


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