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ENGL 433: Illness and Narrative: Home

This guide will help you practice and use interdisciplinary research strategies

Research & Disciplines

In academic discourse, we often talk about applying a "disciplinary" or "interdisciplinary" lenses to a problem or issue.  A discipline refers to a branch of knowledge which has developed over time; that is, a field of knowledge that has developed a specific vocabulary, research methodology and "habit of mind."  

Practice Exercise:

Now that you've been introduced to some strategies for interdisciplinary research, you can begin looking for information on your own topic. Search in at least two different subject databases and use the matrix on your handout to evaluate, compare, and contrast the resources that you find. As you search, consider:

  1. What search terms or strategies were most effective for locating information about this topic?
  2. In what kinds of journals are the articles published?
  3. How do the authors frame your topic? What evidence to they use?
  4. How does this article help you interrogate your primary text or case?

Start Your Research at the Library!

Use this guide to get started with your research for ENGL 433: Illness and Narrative

Fading Away

Anonymous. "Fading Away"  Harper's Weekly, 11/20/1858.

Some Advice from Your Friends in the Library

Please DO:

  • Start Early! Work on your project consistently each and every week, so that materials have time to arrive from other libraries and we can answer your questions when you still have sufficient time to thoughtfully revise your work.
  • Seek out a variety of sources: books, essays in books, journal articles.
  • Use a variety of search tools: Primo, multiple databases, sometimes even Google Scholar.
  • Keep careful notes on all of your sources.  If an online knowledge management tool like Zotero or RefWorks is not for you, make sure that any system that you do use is thorough.
  • Contact a librarian whenever questions arise. Quick questions can be answered via email; more in-depth questions can be handled best with an appointment.

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