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ENG452 Research Guide: Search Strategies for Books & Ebooks

A Guide to the Resources & Research for Studies in Short Fiction

Search Strategies for your Assignment

Based on your assignment for ENG452, you may need to do any of the following:

  • Find works written by an author
  • Find books & articles about an author
  • Find books & articles about a specific literary topic

Use this guide to get you started and help you through the process!

This page starts with search strategies for the library catalogs. You can start here and navigate through the pages of this guide with the tabs above. 

To Find Works Written about a Literary Topic

To search for books about a literary topic:

  • Go to the library catalog 
  • Type your topic in the search box
  • Click on the search button

Use the following tools:

To Find Works Written by a Specific Writer

Use the following tools:

To search for books by an author:

  • Go to the library catalog 
  • Select Author from the drop-down menu options
  • Type in the search box: last name first, then the first name

Example: Author: crane stephen will yield autobiographies and original works by Stephen Crane.

Tip: When you search for an author, you may have a list of names from which to choose, as in the example above.

To Find Works Written about a Specific Writer

Use the following tools:

To search for books on an author:

  • Go to the library catalog 
  • Select Subject from the drop-down menu options
  • Type in the search box: last name first, then the first name
  • Choose your author from among those listed

Example: Subject: crane, stephen will give you a list of authors from which to choose

Tip: If you author does not appear among the subjects in the ODU Library Catalog, try OhioLINK's Library Catalog.

 

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