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ENGL 150 - Nelson
Where to find material at FLITE:
To find journal articles on a particular topic, use one or more of the databases available on the FLITE web site. These databases cumulatively provide indexing to thousands of journal titles. A few of the databases provide full-text (content of the articles is found directly within the database), but many provide mainly abstracts (summaries) or citations (description of where the article originally appeared in print).
For your upcoming Presidential Election Essays, the following databases contain extensive election coverage:
- 2008 Presidential Election Guide/World News Digest/Facts On File: Select World News Digest to explore a special election guide covering major issues.
- Access World News:Select Other NewsBank Products from the upper right-hand corner, and then select Special Reports to see the U.S. Presidential Campaign 2008 information
For your upcoming Into the Wild assignments, the following databases will be most helpful:
Thanks to George Mason University who gathered many of the resources below for its Into the Wild Text and Commentary webpage.
- Death of an innocent: How Christopher McCandless lost his way in the wilds" by Jon Krakauer, (Outside, January 1993)
This is the original article that is the foundation for the book and the movie Into the Wild.
- I now walk into the wild by Chip Brown, (New Yorker, February 8, 1993)
- Chris McCandless from an Alaska park ranger's perspective by Peter Christian. (Note: can you verify who Peter Christian is?)
- Denali National Park website
Use the search engine on the website to look for letters to the editors of Outside magazine (from March 1993 and April 1993) in response to Krakauer's article.
Newspaper ArticlesFrom the Anchorage Daily News
Use Access World News: to retrieve newspapers articles - limit to the newspaper above:
- "Theories differ on the cause of McCandless' death" by George Bryson; October 8, 2007
- "Alaska wilderness devours the deluded, ignorant and ill" by Craig Medred; August 21, 2005
- "Never underestimate flower power" by Alan Boraas; April 3, 2002
- "McCandless: hero or dumb jerk?" by Judith Kleinfeld; July 2, 2001
Use the New York Times Historical Newspapers database:
- "Hiker identified by self-portrait"; September 20, 1992
Use databases and "Find--Journals" to help find these resources, especially Literature Resources from Gale. (Many other resources will be available in Literature Resources from Gale as well.)
- "The wild, wild north: Nature writing, nationalist ecologies, and Alaska" by Susan Krollin (American Literary History 12, Spring-Summer 2000, pp. 41-78)
- "Mining a rough terrain: Weighing the implications of nonfiction" by Daniel Lehman (Narrative 9:3, Oct 2001, pp. 334-42)
- "Melodramas of beset manhood: How theories of American fiction exclude women authors" by Nina Baym (American Quarterly 33, pp.)
- "Say it ain't so, Huck: Second thoughts on Mark Twain's 'Masterpiece'" by Jane Smiley (Harper's, January, 1996)
- "Critics in the wilderness: Literary theory and the spiritual roots in the American wilderness tradition" by David R. Williams (Weber Studies 11:3, Fall 1994, pp. 120-129)
- "Taking the SUV to a place it's never been before: SUV ads and the consumption of nature" by Melissa Aronczyk (Invisible Culture 9, Fall 2005)
- "Fall of the wild: Our appetite for oil threatens to devour Alaska's North Slope" by Joel Bourne (National Geographic, May 2006)
For books and documents in the circulating collection (Main Stacks), use the Library Catalog. Search either using keyword or subject.
Some related Books for Essay 5 (Available on the Reserve Shelf for a 4-hour reserve)
- Coming into the Country by John McPhee
- A Pelican in the Wilderness: Hermits, Solitaries, and Recluses by Isabel Colegate (book on order)
- The Lonely Other: a Woman Watching America by Diana Hume George (book on order)
- Hermits: the Insights of Solitude by Peter France
An engaging look at the state of Alaska, written in the form of a travel narrative describing life as seen by bush pilots, prospectors, settlers, businessmen, and politicians
Colegate's study of solitude and the psychology behind it, showing how, (as in the case of McCandless), such behavior can be self-destructing
A woman's perspective on solitude, rootlessness, and a quest for "mindful living"
A representative history of some of the more articulate hermits and solitaries who left behind writings and insights to aid others in self-discovery
- Main Stacks, Call Numbers A-H - Lower Level
- Main Stacks, Call Number J-Z - Third Floor
- Reference - First Floor
- Government Documents - Second Floor
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Plagiarism tutorials and self-help guides, plus a link to step-by-step citation assistance.
Citation Style Guide: MLA (PDF)
An online version of FLITE's MLA Quick Reference handout which requires Adobe Acrobat Reader.
More examples of how cite different types of sources using the MLA format.
Copies of the full-length MLA Handbook (MLA handbook for writers of research papers) can be found in the Ready Reference section on Floor 1 of the library near the Oval Information Desk.
Citations - a FLITE guide
A guide to understanding citations, and a link to different online citation management tools that can help you input your sources and create your bibliographies.
Are all websites created equal?
Use one of these guides to help evaluate websites.
Web Page Evaluation Checklist from University of California at Berkeley
Check out urban legends, hoaxes, and misinformation.
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Last update: October 7, 2008