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HU 3900: Inquiry Seminar - Reality Literature: Getting Started

Professor James Dempsey

About this Guide

This guide supports students completing work in J Dempsey's Inquiry Seminar Class: Reality Literature.  After using this guide students should be able to:

  • select appropriate research databases to locate materials
  • use effective search strategies to find relevant materials
  • critically examine information sources and differentiate between scholarly and non-scholarly resources
  • retrieve items in library, get from citations to fulltext sources and understand how to use interlibrary loan and consortium libraries

Reference Works

Readings in Reality Literature

Reality Literature is an approach to literary analysis that examines the relationship between documentary materials and creative literary work. It examines how those original materials—news stories, journals, reference works, videos, and official and unofficial documents of every kind--both inspire and are transformed by the writer. (J Dempsey)