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.
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.
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.
the forms to the Circulation Desk. Please allow at least two
for the interlibrary loan process. Electronic books are available
through the EBSCOhost eBook collection (formerly NetLibrary).
AH Search (foucault and
Communication and Mass Media Complete
Article: "Michel Foucault on Rhetoric"
(DE "Rhetorical Theory") and foucault
Humanities Full Text
How do I locate information not available at NSU?
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?
With all resources, it is important to assess the quality of what you
find. Use the following checklist to assist with that
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?
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
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