Literary Research and the Literatures of Australia and New Zealand: Strategies and Sources

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Literary Research and the Literatures of Australia and New Zealand: Strategies and Sources is a research guide to the literatures of the two major countries of Oceania: Australia and New Zealand. Covering over 200 years of these geographically and chronologically connected countries, this guide contains references to many different types of resources, illustrating how the researcher is best served by using the increasing variety of research tools in combination with each other. The book emphasizes research methodology and outlines the best practices for the research process, paying special attention to the unique challenges inherent in conducting research on the literatures of Australia and New Zealand specifically. The book includes commentary on general literary reference materials; library catalogs; print and online bibliographies, indexes, and annual reviews; scholarly journals; contemporary reviews; period journals and newspapers; microform and digital collections; manuscripts and archives; and web resources. It is an essential tool for anyone conducting research on Australia or New Zealand, and it is a helpful guide for readers with a special interest in these countries' literatures.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Christenberry (English studies librarian, Univ. of Washington) and Courtney (Literary Research and the Era of American Nationalism and Romanticism) offer an indispensable guide for both novice and frustrated literary scholars. They present effective research strategies for locating documents on obscure Oceanian literary figures and for refining returns on heavily researched subjects. Organized like its series companion Literary Research and the Victorian and Edwardian Ages (reviewed below), the book features 11 chapters, helpful database screenshots, and general reference titles for inquiries into peripherally related fields. Absolutely essential are subject-specific sourcebook lists and Oceanian-specific web portals. One-stop shopping for best-practices advice and significant source leads.
Literary Research Guide
Describing fully the uses of kinds of reference tools, providing illuminating examples in discussions of key individual resources, detailing techniques for finding kinds of information (including strategies for those without access to key resources such as AustLit [R4463]), illustrating research processes, and perpetuating the high standards reflected by the other volumes in the series, Literary Research and the Literary Research and the Literatures of Australia and New Zealand is the essential starting point for anyone working with literatures of the two countries.
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Meet the Author

H. Faye Christenberry is the English studies librarian in the Suzzallo Library at the University of Washington.

Angela Courtney is the librarian for English and American literature, theatre, film studies, and philosophy at Indiana University, Bloomington. She also teaches in the Indiana University School of Library and Information Science.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction ix

1 Basics of Online Searching 1

2 General Literary Reference Sources 21

3 Library Catalogs 49

4 Print and Electronic Bibliographies, Indexes, and Annual Reviews 69

5 Scholarly Journals 103

6 Literary Reviews 121

7 Magazines and Newspapers 143

8 Microform and Digital Collections 161

9 Manuscripts and Archives 177

10 Web Resources 195

11 Researching a Thorny Problem 213

Appendix: Selected Resources in Related Disciplines 225

Bibliography 247

Index 251

About the Authors 267

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