The best library assignments are ones that use a variety of resources including books, newspaper and journal articles, Internet sites, and even videos or audiocassettes. We encourage you to use a variety of sources for your paper. Books should provide some of the best information for literary and historic topics. You may apply for a library card and request materials online. We hope you will take full advantage of the many resources our libraries offer.
Please contact Lone Star College-Kingwood Librarians or your instructor with any questions you may have during your research. Your instructor will be your best source for information about your paper.
Librarian Talk . . . About Getting Started!
As you begin, narrow your topic to a size that you can manage. Consider keywords that will help you find the information you need. These can be names of people, literary works, events, or broader identifying terms. Use these keywords for locating information in the library catalog, electronic databases, and on the Internet.
More about Choosing Keywords (30 sec.)
A critical or historical study of one of the following (meaning that the focus has a purpose for showing the importance and influence of the topic in British history, art, and culture):
|Anglo Saxon Invasions
Norman (Viking) Invasions
Alfred the Great
1066 - William the Conqueror and the Conquest of England by France
Medieval or Renaissance music
Feudalism in England
Medieval art or architecture in England
Castles or cathedrals in England
Medieval Armor in England
Modes of transportation in England
Medicine in England
Science in England
Plagues in England
The English church and any part of its development from the medieval period through the eighteenth century
Librarian Talk . . . About Books!
Books may be very good resources for your research. Here are a few suggested titles:
Librarian Talk . . . About Finding Journal and Newspaper Articles!
Electronic databases are purchased by the libraries for your research use. To find articles in newspapers and journals, letters, reference books, illustrations, photographs and more, use your updated library card to log in to the following databases. Contact the librarian if you need help getting an article.
Literature Resource Center | Includes most of the information in Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800 and Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism. It also has links to scholarly journal articles and appropriate Internet sites.
Biography Reference Bank | information on more than 500,000 people from antiquity to the present with links to 175,000+ full-text articles with more than 30,000 images.
Academic Search Complete | Collection of journal, newspaper, and magazine articles. Limit your search to "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals" and "Full Text."
Project Muse | Search and browse the full text of more than 380 scholarly journals in the arts, humanities and social sciences.
JSTOR Arts & Sciences | Search and browse the complete back issues of more than 250 scholarly journals in literature, economics, history, social sciences, science and mathematics.
Bloom's Literary Reference Online | Critical essays from Bloom's Criticisms and articles from reference books. Includes some journal articles.
Librarian Talk . . . About the Internet!
The Internet will be a wonderful source of original documents. Browse the sites we have suggested below. Remember, you do want to find reputable sites. Look at:
Suggested Web Sites
Elizabeth I Ruler and Legend | web page on resources in the LSC Kingwood Library on this fascinating queen.
The Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies | history, literature, links to primary sources from Georgetown University (not updated since 2005, but still some good resources)
Internet Medieval Sourcebook: England | scholarly, peer-reviewed articles -- from Fordham University
Renaissance English Literature - Elizabethan England, 1485-1603 | literature, history, drama and links to other Renaissance resources.
Tudor England 1486-1603 | wonderful, historically accurate site; includes many primary sources
Tudor History.org | biographical information, calendars, glossaries, maps, daily life, architecture, and primary sources
Cambridge History of English & American Literature | searchable, 18-volumes. Good background for most topics
Librarian Talk about getting help!
Support for a successful paper is more than finding the right resources. Putting it all together takes time and effort. Sometimes it takes additional help from the librarians or tutors. Please consider the following resources if you need additional help. Remember, the expert on the assignment is your professor.
Citing Sources Using MLA Style | Lone Star College-Kingwood Library guide. Examples of both paper and electronic citations.
Avoiding Plagiarism | Lone Star College guide
University of Texas Copyright Crash Course | This helpful guide on copyright is suggested by Lone Star College-Kingwood Teaching and Learning Center.
The Learning Center | Check the TLC hours for in-house tutoring.
REMEMBER, the final authority on this paper is your instructor.
Page by Charles Gillis, Librarian, 2002. Updated 06/2012, JNC