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GRST 3311: Fairy Tales

This guide is designed to offer starting points for research in Dr. Sullivan's course on fairy tales.

The Assignment

This assignment requires you to locate sources for an annotated bibliography.  This bibliography will serve as source material for your group presentation/debate.

This guide includes suggestions for finding book chapters and articles related to fairy tales scholarship.

Refer to Dr. Sullivan's assignment description for details about the annotated bibliography.

A few suggestions before you start...

When searching for books use fewer, broad terms to find the full range of book and book chapters that may be relevant to your topic.  The descriptions of most books in the library catalog will include chapter titles, which may help you as you prepare to find sources in the library.

When searching for articles you should also start with a broad search (the name of the fairy tale for example, and author too in some cases) and then narrow if needed.  Including too many search terms at the start may limit your options and then you could miss valuable sources. 

While using the library's big One Search feature at our homepage can cast the net wide across a lot of different types of sources, I do encourage you to search within specific databases as one method of limiting your search results to the most appropriate options for this assignment. 

Evaluating Your Research Process

As part of the required appointment with your librarian, the research process to date will receive a grade base on the following:

--Do you meet the minimum requirements of the assignment sheet?

--Have you looked at a variety of databases and options as you selected your (minimum) seven options?

--Do your research options offer substantive support for your approach to the debate assignment?

Note that one of the reasons for the assignment's requirements and this meeting is to be certain that researchers avoid the trap of going to one database and grabbing the first relevant sources on the list without exploring the literature on their topic.  Your goal should be to look at the bigger picture of the research and writing on your topic and then narrowing to the best options, rather than starting and stopping when you've found seven sources.