The Research Paper - Online Resources
The Huntsville-Madison County Public Library enables patrons to access multiple online resources that contain a wealth of information for students needing aid in writing research papers on literary topics. Gale Virtual Reference Library and Oxford Reference Online Premium reside on the Alabama Virtual Library (avl.lib.al.us)and are accessible through the HMCPL public web site (hmcpl.org). Purdue OWL is not part of AVL but is a free web site sponsored by Purdue University.
Additional titles have been added to Drama for Students and Novels for Students.
Free Book Notes
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Guide to Writing a Literary Research Paper
The Huntsville-Madison County Public Library contains many print and online resources intended to assist students with forumulating and writing cogent literature research papers.
Guide to the Dewey Decimal Classification
Knowledge of the Dewey Decimal Classifiction system is indispensible for any student writing a literary research paper. Literary resources are usually found in the 800's section of the DDC categorization. Following is a link that includes a summary of the Dewey Decimal Classification. Pay particular attention to the 800's.
From the HMCPL catalog - general print aids for writing research papers
The following volumes provide guidance on grammatical and style usage as well as choosing topics, gathering material and writing drafts. They are available either at the Main Library or one of the branches of the Huntsville-Madison Co. Public Library.
From the HMCPL Catalog - General Overviews, Literary Histories and Anthologies
Following is a selection of historical and encyclopedic overviews of literary movements as well as general anthologies short fiction, novellas and novel excerpts, essays, drama and poetry, all available in the Huntsville-Madison County Public Library catalog.
Instructional video for writing the literary research/critical paper
This is a clear and concise video tutorial on writing a critical/literary research paper, explaining stylistic guidelines as well as the elements that comprise a paper incorporating both research and literary analysis.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
This video tutorial provides a tour of the Gale Virtual Reference Library, available on Alabma Virtual Library, accessible through Huntsville-Madison Co. Public Library (hmcpl.org).
Gale Artemis Literary Sources -- Basics
Gale Artemis: Literary Sources integrates Gale's literature resources into one comprehensive research experience. This video outlines the basic features and functionality found in Artemis.
Gale Artemis Literary Sources - Searching
Gale Artemis: Literary Sources integrates Gale's literature resources into one comprehensive research experience. This video outlines the search tools you'll find in Artemis.
Gale Artemis Literary Sources -- Working with Documents
Gale Artemis: Literary Sources integrates Gale's literature resources into one comprehensive research experience. This video describes the document tools you'll find in Artemis, like the citation generator, email and download features, and more.
Artemis Literary Sources database
Artemis Literary Sources allows you to search multiple literature databases from Gale from one interface. In this database, you will find literature criticism, topic and work overviews, and author biographies.
From the HMCPL catalog - resources specific to author
The following books provide general critical overviews to authors' works and are available at either the Main Library or one of the branches of the Huntsville-Madison Co. Public Library.