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ENG 218 - Asian American and Chicano/a Literature: Getting Started

General Online Reference Sources

General sources where you may look up basic information on your topic:

Reference Books

More information on Reference books in the library is located on another tab on this guide.

Web Links

Open Folklore from the American Folklore Society and Indiana University Bloomington Libraries.

Books, journals, gray literature and scholarly websites:

Asian American Lit Book Sources @ McCain Library

Run a Subject search in the SOPHIA library catalog    |   versus a Keyword search:

American Literature - Asian American Authors              |    asian american literature

In general, use keyword searches:
      amy tan and criticism

Explore specific Library of Congress Subject Headings:
     Tan, Amy -- Criticism and interpretation.
     Tan Amy. Joy Luck Club -- Criticism And Interpretation.

  • Experiment with other keywords if your first search returns poor results.
  • Evaluate titles, dates, publishers and relevance.
  • Depending on your topic, aim for the recently published books that build on older scholarship.
  • Generally, prefer books published by university presses.  
  • When you find a useful source, look at its subject indexing and bibliography for similar sources.

WorldCat lets you search the collections of libraries nearby plus thousands more around the world. Items owned by ASC appear first.

Chicana/o Lit Book Sources @ McCain Library

Run a Subject search in the SOPHIA library catalog   |   versus a Keyword search:

American Literature - Mexican American Authors         |   mexican american literature

If results are not what you'd hoped, experiment with keywords (Hispanic, Chicana, Chicano, Mexican)....

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Liz Bagley

Need Help Forming a Topic?

From our LibGuide for Library Research, check out the Finding and Developing a Topic page.

Ideas for a Comparison and Contrast Essay (from The Writing Center, UNC-Chapel Hill).