Reading Austen

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Reference works (good for locating topics and getting recommendations of sources)

generally. . .

Britain in the Hanoverian Age (Ref Collection 942.07 N552b)

dance and music . . .

International Encyclopedia of Dance (Ref Collection 792.6203 I61e)
New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (Ref Collection  780.3 N532n)

architecture. . .

Dictionary of Art (Ref Collection 703 T948d). 

Primary and secondary works as published in books

Google Books
A combination of partial and complete texts. Good from primary works out of copyright (pre-1923).

Encompass
Catalog of all books and documents in Trexler Library at Muhlenberg College, plus books from other libraries that can be requested on interlibrary loan. Alternatively, use our own library catalog (just the books in our library) or WorldCat.

Secondary research published as journal articles--often authoritative  

Art Full Text
A subscription database. Standard index for art history, with indexing and abstracts from early 1900s-present. Some full text.

Historical Abstracts ***RECOMMENDED***
A subscription database. Focus on European History.

Google Scholar
An open-access web crawler that looks for content it identifies as "scholarly." Emphasis is on books and journal articles. Intended as a "federated search" to search across disciplines (weighted toward sciences and social sciences). Not always full text. Check our Journal Locator (see above) to see if Muhlenberg has access to the full text.

Literature Criticism Online
A subscription database. Full text literary criticism.

MLA ***RECOMMENDED***
A subscription database. Standard index for literary criticism. Some links to full text.

RILM Abstracts of Music Literature
A subscription database. Standard index for music scholarship: articles, books, and book chapters. Some links to full text.

getting to the full text. . .

Once you have found the citation of a journal article you're interested in, click on the Get It link found next to the citation, or run a journal title search in Trexler Library's catalog.

articles via interlibrary loan. . .

Journal articles not found in Trexler Library can be ordered on interlibrary loan.

Web search engines and directories

Google
Non-selective. One of the largest web crawlers.

Selected sites that may provide useful images

Humphrey Repton's Red Books

Jessamyn's Regency Costume Companion

Regency Collection

Regency Recipes

Regency Illustrations

Republic of Pemberley Links

E-texts of Austen's work

Project Gutenberg

Republic of Pemberley
Index puts search terms in context.

If I want to publish my class project on the web, where can I find images, etc. that I can use without asking for permission?

Consult...
Trexler Library's guide to Nonexclusively Licensed and Public Domain Images

Citing sources

For tips on citing print and electronic sources, visit Trexler Library's Citation Guides for Print and Electronic Resources.

For automated citation, try the shareware Zotero.

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Last modified: 20 August 2013