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ENG 501 — Advanced Studies in Literature (Joseph Conrad)

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Carol Dales


Borrowing Books

Locating Books

Off-campus Access

Recommended Electronic Databases for Literary Research

Locating the MLA International Bibliography database

How to Do an Article Search in MLAIB

How can I get fewer results (narrow my search)?

How can I get more results (expand my search)?

Viewing the Results of a Search

What if CSUDH doesn

How do I Use the MLAIB Thesaurus?

Can I Save, Print and / or Email Search Results?

How do I find an article in a specific journal?

Tips for using JSTOR

Selected Internet Resources

Index to Lord Jim serialized Online in Blackwood

Locating Book Reviews

Borrowing Books
  • To borrow books, take your CSUDH photo ID with a current sticker to the Library Circulation Department on the 2nd floor of the library.
  • Before borrowing books, read the regulations on the Circulation /Borrowing Books page.
  • Use the Library's ToroFind catalog to search for books by author, title or subject.
    In addition to finding materials available in the CSUDH Library, you will find links that enable you to request books directly from other libraries.
  • Here are links for other local libraries and libraries worldwide:

Locating Books
  • Use keywords or Library of Congress Subject Headings to find books with literary criticism, critical or biographical information about a specific author, or information about a literary movement. (English majors and grad students will find many books they need in the "P" section of academic libraries, but that's usually a huge section, so it's best to get in the habit of checking the online catalog!)
  •  Search any author's first and last names as subject keywords when looking for critical    literature about that author's works.

 Examples of typical "author as subject" entries (last name first):              


  • English fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism
  • Postcolonialism in literature
  • Intertextuality
  • Modernism (Literature) -- Great Britain


Off-campus Access

If you are on campus, you can access any of our electronic databases and ebooks by clicking on the database name in the Database List; you will be taken immediately to the database.

If you are off campus, you will need to log in using your username and password (the same information you use to log in to MyCSUDH, campus email and Blackboard). When you click on a database name while using an off-campus computer, you will see a blue authentication screen asking you for this information.

After you enter your username and password, you will be able to access any of our online databases and ebooks just as you would while on campus.

Recommended Electronic Databases for Literary Research
  • Click on a link below to access the database of your choice or use our list of Article databases to see all available CSUDH databases.
  • For an in-depth review of how to use databases to find journal articles, click here.
  • Note: In general databases such as Academic Search Premier and Humanities Full Text, you may limit your results to peer reviewed articles by looking for the words "scholarly" and/or "peer reviewed" and placing a check in the box beside these words (you can also do this in MLA).

    • MLA International Bibliography: (indexed bibliographic records, no abstracts; occasional links to full text) of scholarly research in literature, language, linguistics, and folklore from the nineteenth century to date.  Note: As MLA Bibliography is the database of the Modern Language Association, (not-for-profit organization committed to the study and teaching of language and literature), it should be the first place graduate English students check for electronic resources! (see How to do an Article Search In MLAIB, below)
    • JSTOR: indexing and full text of back issues of over 250 frequently used language and literature journals, e.g.:  e.g., Victorian Studies, 1957-2008; English Journal, 1912-2008.
      JSTOR supplies citations and abstracts only for more recent issues. Most JSTOR language and literature titles are now also indexed in MLA Bibliography. (see JSTOR Tips, below).
    • Academic Search Premier: indexing, abstracts and high percentage of full text articles from journals in humanities,   education,  language and linguistics  and arts & literature.
    • Digital Dissertations:  (citations, abstracts, 24 page previews and as well as full text of many theses and dissertations from 1,000 grad schools and universities. Full text of recent CSUDH theses is at CSUDH Digital Masters Theses.
    • Oxford English Dictionary: " the accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium... traces the usage of words through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of international English language sources, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts and cookery books".
    • Project MUSE: includes indexing and full text of over 70 drama, language and literature journals published by Johns Hopkins U. Press.
    • Oxford Journals: website of a major publisher of academic journals, many of which relate to literature studies.

Locating the MLA International Bibliography database
  • How do I get to the MLAIB (without using the link above)?
    1. Go to the library website.
    2. Click on "Databases by Title" (just below the heading Articles, E-Books, Online Scholarly Resources).
    3. Click on "M", move your cursor down to MLA Bibliography & click on it.
  • Does the MLAIB include any full text journal articles?

            Yes, but you will find that in most  MLA searches, fewer than 20% of the records for journal articles
            include actual links to full text .


How to Do an Article Search in MLAIB
  • MLAIB is not case sensitive.
  • Write down the most important key word or words that describe your topic. Whenever possible, list synonyms for each word. The resulting words and /or  phrases are your search terms.
  • Type a word or phrase into the top Find box that describes what you are looking for: e.g.: Lord Jim

How can I get fewer results (narrow my search)?
  • Type another word or phrase into the second Find box
    e.g.: colonialism
    Leave the small dropdown box to the left of your search set as AND.
    Your search then becomes: 
    Lord Jim AND colonialism. This strategy narrows your search (fewer results) because both words or phrases you enter must be present in all results. (AND is a connector word (sometimes called a Boolean operator).
    Combine search terms with AND whenever a search contains multiple concepts .
  • Limit your results, as needed, to a date range or to full text , or to a particular language, by clicking in the boxes below your search (just below the "Refine Search" tab).
  • Choose an appropriate Field Code from the All Fields list on each line you use.
    e.g:, to search for the subject "imperialism", enter it in the Find field, and select SU-Subject. You will then be searching only the Subject field of each record.
  • Use the connector word NOT (also a Boolean operator) to exclude unwanted terms.
    NOT will narrow or limit your search (fewer results) because the excluded word must not be present in results: Ulysses NOT Grant.

How can I get more results (expand my search)?
  • Use a truncation symbol (an asterisk works in most databases):
    e.g.: child* retrieves records with child, child's children, etc.
  • Use a wild card symbol (a question mark works in many databases):
    e.g.: wom?n retrieves woman or women .
  • Add synonyms to your search with OR: e.g.: histor* OR past OR archiv* (type all related OR terms on one line).
    This broadens the search (more results) because any one (but possibly more than one, or all) of the words or phrases you specify may be present in results. (OR is a connector word or Boolean operator , just like AND and NOT (above).
  • Expand your search to include related words (synonyms and plurals), by checking the appropriate box at the bottom of the Refine Search screen.
  • Check your search terms for correct and alternate spellings and typos.
  • Reduce the number of concepts you are using, e.g. if you are searching for three concepts, try just searching for two.

Viewing the Results of a Search
  • After entering your search terms and parameters, click the Search button.

The Result List will appear in table format listed by Relevance (articles with the most ocurrences of your search terms will appear first).

Optional: you can also sort articles by newest first (Date descending) or other criteria--click the small arrow by "Relevance sort" and a dropdown menu will appear).

Optional: You can click on the Add folder icon after the Abstract in each result to collect all of the best results from searches for viewing/saving/printing in an electronic folder. If you "Sign in" to EBSCOhost (the database publisher) on the blue toolbar acrross the top of the screen, items you put in the folder will be saved there for you when you next log in).

Here are several possible possibilities for viewing results, at least one of which will be offered on the last line of each record:

    1. PDF Full Text or HTML Full Text  - links to Full Text articles from other EBSCO databases and electronic journals to which we subscribe.
    2. The red and white "Find it @ CSUDH Library" icon appears after articles for which the MLAIB database itself includes only a citation, in other words, full text is not included in the database!  However, full text MAY appear in hard copy somewhere in the Library OR in a completely different journal index. Click to find out! (if the item is an article we do not own, you may link to a screen that will allow you to request the article through Interlibrary Loan).
    3. Records without links of any kind are usually records of book chapters or dissertations. Check for books by title and/or author of book (after IN: in the database record) in the Library catalog.
    4. You may request dissertations and theses on Interlibrary Loan (if they are not already available through Digital Dissertations).

What if CSUDH doesn
  • To request a book , you can either:
    • Try the buttons under the Search for, or Request Books & Articles NOT in CSUDH Library at the bottom of the CSUDH University Library Catalog web page to check for holdings at other academic or large public libraries you can visit in person.
    • Request books through Interlibrary loan by following prompts or use the online ILL book request form to submit an electronic request.
  • To request an article , you can either:

    • Request an article directly when the message "Full Text of Article is NOT available in CSUDH Library - Click HERE to request item from another library" appears after you click the red and white "Find it @ CSUDH Lib" button.
    • Use the online ILL article request form to submit an electronic request.

How do I Use the MLAIB Thesaurus?

If you are not sure of the correct descriptor (subject heading) for the topic you are investigating, the Thesaurus will help you find it. The Thesaurus contains over 50,000 topical terms and over 200,000 names.

  • Click the Thesaurus button on the blue toolbar at the top of the screen.
  • In the box just below the wide blue divider line, type a term for which you would like to identify a subject heading into the Browse box and click beside the Term Contains or Relevancy Ranked radio buttons.
  • Click the Browse button.
  • You will see your term as used in the database, or the correct term for your search term, as well as a list of narrower , broader and related terms.
  • You can click directly on these terms, check the boxes beside them to search a combination of terms or cut and paste them into the search screen where you are working.

Can I Save, Print and / or Email Search Results?

Yes, you can print, e-mail and save most individual articles, abstracts, and folders by clicking the appropriate commands on the EBSCO screens.

PDF article exceptions:

  • to safely email an article in .pdf format, open it, save it and e-mail it as an attachment.
  • save or print a .pdf article by clicking the appropriate icon closest to the open full text article OR by using the floating gray oval toolbar that may appear near the top or bottom of your screen (its appearance depends on your Adobe Reader settings). The File/Save/Print commands on the Internet Explorer menu do not always  work properly on documents displayed onscreen in PDF readers.

How do I find an article in a specific journal?

 e.g.: Find an article in the Winter, 2003, issue of Papers on Language and Literature entitled:           Performance Anxieties by Tim Conley.

  • type Papers on Language and Literature in the top "Find"  text box
  • click the dropdown box to the right to read SO Journal_Title .
  • click the dropdown box at the beginning of the second line to read And
  • type Performance Anxieties in the "Find" text box on the second line
  • click the dropdown box at the end of the second line to read Title
  • type Conley in the Find box on the third line (it's usually best to use author's last name only)
  • lick the dropdown box at the end of the third line to read AU_  Author.
  • click the Search button.  

Tips for using JSTOR
    • if you want only journal articles, check beside "Journal Articles" (below "Narrow by...") to eliminate reviews and opinion pieces.
    • Unless you want to search all JSTOR journals from all disciplines, remember to scroll down and "Narrow by discipline and/or publication title" before you click Search (choose "Language and Literature" for most English literature research).
    • default search is Full-Text; JSTOR has no subject headings or thesaurus, but you can limit to Abstract, Title, Caption or Author to refine your results (note: limiting to Abstract does not work well because many articles in JSTOR lack abstracts!).
    • Truncation: search for the singular and plural forms of a word by placing an asterisk * (made by typing Shift 8 on your keyboard) at the end of the singular form.
    • Proximity Operators : find single word terms within a specific number of words of each other by using the dropdown box under "AND" . E.g.: to search for an item with the terms Hamlet and mother within ten words of each other, click the tiny arrow by "AND" and set it to "Near 10". (this tip will NOT work for phrases-it works for single words only. Use this tip to achieve more precise results when searching the full text of long articles.
    • Relevance of Terms : increase the importance of any term in your search by using the caret symbol ( ^ ) followed by a number ("the boost factor"). e.g: example, the query: virtue^3 love gives instances of the word virtue in a document three times more weight than the word love (also helpful when searching the full text of long articles).
    • all articles are in .pdf format and require that a recent version of Adobe Acrobat Reader be installed on your computer (http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html )
    • use the Print / Save icons on top toolbar of Adobe Acrobat Reader, closest to the article full text (using Browser File /Save /Print menu commands produces flawed copies)
    • Citing JSTOR articles: the citation is on the cover page of every article you print; follow MLA guidelines .
    • Click Help beside the red JSTOR logo in the upper RH corner of your screen for more useful hints.


Selected Internet Resources





Index to Lord Jim serialized Online in Blackwood

(as it appeared in 

Blackwoods Magazine)

LORD JIM was first published in serial format in Blackwoods Magazine in volumes 166-168, from July, 1899 through November 1900.
These three volumes appear online at
these three websites: 

Vol. 166: http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015027532624

Vol. 167: http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015027532616

Vol. 168: http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015027532608

You will be viewing the chapters in scans of successive monthly issues of Blackwood’s Magazine, so ALL of the contents of the magazine, in addition to the Lord Jim chapters and including advertisements, are available to you to help you relive the experiences of a turn of the century reader.                  

Use the Index to Lord Jim below to navigate easily to the Lord Jim pages in each successive  issue in PDF format. If you get lost, use the page guide below to get back on track.


  • To go to the beginning of Chapter One, go to the Index below and click the first link (after vol. 166).
    Look at the top RH side of the page for the "Jump to" box, type the numeral 441 in it and click the square “Go” button. This should take you to the first page of Chapter One of Lord Jim.
  • Navigate to other pages and chapters in each section by typing page numbers into the page number box at the RH side, top and bottom of every screen, OR use the fat black forward and back arrows to the right of the "GO" box, OR select one of the alternate "New VIews" to the right of the orange "New" button at the top of the page. 
  • Continue to refer to the index below to find accurate page numbers for each chapter of Lord Jim.



Vol. 166: http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015027532624

JUL-DEC. 1899

Chapter I      pp. 441-445

Chapter II           445-449

Chapter III          449-456

Chapter IV          456-459

Chapter V           644-657

Chapter VI          807-820

Chapter VII         820-828



Vol. 167: http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015027532616

JAN.-JUN., 1900 

Chapter VIII        pp. 60-67

Chapter IX                 67-73

Chapter X               234-243

Chapter XI              243-246

Chapter XII             406-411

Chapter XIII            412-419

Chapter XIV            511-519

Chapter XV             519-522

Chapter XVI            522-526

Chapter XVII            666-668

Chapter XVIII           668-674

Chapter XIX             674-679

Chapter XX              679-687

Chapter XXI             803-808

Chapter XXII            808-813

Chapter XXIII           813-817



Vol. 168: http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015027532608

JUL.-NOV., 1900


Chapter XXIV          pp. 88-92
Chapter XXV                 92-98

Chapter XXVI                98-101

Chapter XXVII              102-106

Chapter XXVIII             251-256

Chapter XXIX               256-259

Chapter XXX                260-263


Chapter XXXI               358-363

Chapter XXXII              363-366

Chapter XXXIII             366-373

Chapter XXXIV             373-379

Chapter XXXV              379-383


Chapter XXXVI             547-551

Chapter XXXVII            551-556

Chapter XXXVIII           556-562

Chapter XXXIX             562-567

Chapter XL                   567-572


Chapter XLI                  688-691

Chapter XLII                 691-696

Chapter XLIII                696-701

Chapter XLIV               701-704

Chapter XLV                704-710



Locating Book Reviews
While literary criticism appears in later years, book reviews appear around the time a book is originally published (for Lord Jim, we know that's 1900). In addition to reviews you find in databases above such as MLAIB and JSTOR, try the Historical Los Angeles Times and ask at the Reference Desk for paper indexes.