English 5383 Rhetorical Theory

General Library Information

John Vaughan Library Physical Overview CLIP Tutorial
Library of Congress Classification system.
The Research Strategies CLIP tutorial can provide an overview to getting started in researching a topic.

Database Concepts:

When approaching a database, look for help screens for complete information on how to search it effectively.  Check for scope notes that identify the contents of the database.  For instance, what dates and types of materials are included in the database. Check for ways to search and limit the search.  Can it be searched by full text and subject?  Can the search be limited by date, language or full text? Check for an online thesaurus to help identify how the index defines terms.  Does the database use rhetorical theory as a subject heading?  Knowing the terms in the database can help increase the effectiveness of the search.

Book Resources:

There are many resources available for locating information in books. The NSU Library Catalog lists the resources available at NSU. WorldCat is a wonderful database which lists all published resources (Not specific journal articles, but books, AV, dissertations, etc.) Interlibrary Loan is available for books and journal articles not available at NSU. Interlibrary Loan request forms are available at the Circulation Desk or online.  Return the forms to the Circulation Desk.  Please allow at least two weeks for the interlibrary loan process. Electronic books are available through the EBSCOhost eBook collection (formerly NetLibrary).

Periodical Sources:

AH Search (foucault and rhetoric)
Communication and Mass Media Complete
Article:  "Michel Foucault on Rhetoric"
Education Fulltext
(DE "Rhetorical Theory") and foucault
Humanities Full Text
MLA Bibliography

How do I locate information not available at NSU?

Interlibrary loan is available free of charge in which books and copies of articles can be borrowed from other libraries.  Allow approximately two weeks for interlibrary loan requests to be received.

How do I locate information on the Web?

E Server Rhetoric page
Silva Rhetoricae (classical and renaissance)

Evaluating Materials:

With all resources, it is important to assess the quality of what you find.  Use the following checklist to assist with that determination:

1. Identify the author(s) and determine his/her credentials.  Does the author have a degree in the field; is the author a professor; does the author have other works published on similar topics?
2. What is the date of the publication?  Currency is important in most fields.  It is especially important for Web pages.
3. Does the publisher have a good reputation?  Is the resource published by a professional association or university press?  Is the journal refereed? For Web sites, check the URL to determine the sponsor.  Gov sites are government sites; com are commercial; edu are educational.
4. How do the critics perceive the work?  Are there reviews available?
5. Is the material complete?  Does it have an index, bibliography. Is it well written with few grammatical or spelling errors?
6. Is the language slanted or biased?
7. Does it include references to well known facts or research studies?
8. For Web pages, do the links work?  

Citing Sources:

To avoid plagiarism, it is important to cite materials correctly. Indiana University has a good guide on plagiarism. To cite the resources that you've found, check the Citation Clip tutorial. The M.L.A. Handbook for Writers of Research Papers is located on the first floor of the library, Ready Ref. LB 2369.G53.  Also, try the MLA Web site.

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    Instructor of Library Services
    Languages and Literature and Communication, Art, & Theatre
    Resource Coordinator
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Last Updated: 08/02/2012