A young lady came into the library today and asked for help on a research paper for an American Lit. course. First, I internally squealed because, yay!, a fellow English major. Then I asked her what or whom she was writing on. She wasn’t entirely sure, but she decided she would start with Walt Whitman and she what she found, since she really enjoyed reading excerpts from his poem, Songs of Myself. With this in mind, I pointed her towards the many databases that the library has to offer.
First, we went to Academic Search Complete so she could find some peer reviewed articles on the author himself. Then, to start looking at articles that talked about the work, we went to Contemporary Literary Criticism and Literary Reference Center. We found some great analysis of the work on these two databases and a good biographical source that she would like to use in her introduction.