Book Talks & Choosing Your Book
11th Grade Honors: See the Book List & More Resources here on the Wakelet!
11th Grade Academic: See the Book List & Links here on the Wakelet!
Accessing Your Book
E-books for Literary Synthesis Project
11th grade ELA
1984 can be found on Scribd or Archive.org
All the Light We Cannot See can be found on Sora
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn can be found on Scribd, Ebsco, or Project Gutenberg
Bluest Eye can be found on Sora
Brave New World can be found on Scribd or Archive.org
Beloved can be found on Sora
Call of the Wild can be found on Project Gutenberg, Scribd, or Ebsco
Catch 22 can be found on Scribd
Fahrenheit 451 can be found on Scribd or Archive.org
Going After Cacciato can be found on Sora
How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents can be found on Sora
Joy Luck Club can be found on Sora
Namesake can be found on Scribd
Red Badge of Courage can be found on Project Gutenberg, Scribd, Ebsco
The Road can be found on Sora
Scarlet Letter can be found on Project Gutenberg, Scribd, Ebsco
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn can be found on Scribd, Archive.org
Scribd is usually a "paid for" subscription but they are offering a 30 day free trial during the COVID school closures. Scribd has a LOT of excellent (both older and newer) ebooks and e-audiobooks available.
You can create a free account by going to www.scribd.com/readfree
- Video Tutorial - How to Create an Account and Find a Book on Scribd
Ebsco is a database the library purchases. You can access many ebooks on this database.
- Video Tutorial here
- See print tutorial with pictures here
- Log in with the library's barcode: 24752000287597
- Or you can easily create your own barcode by clicking the "create e-card" button
Access ebooks here
Researching Secondary Sources for your Novel
If you need password and usernames for these databases you can access them on the Library's Canvas course page. You can add the library's canvas course to your canvas catalog by clicking this link and signing in to your canvas.Research Tip for Free Web:The free web is not generally a very good place for finding "literary criticisms," because these are scholarly sources that people don't usually give away for free on the free web. This is why you would usually be expected to use only library databases for this kind of research. In the event that the databases don't offer enough sources for you, however, you can try to find good "literary criticisms" on the free web. Here are a few tips that might help:**First thing to know is that you may find an article on the free web but be unable to fiew the full text. Sometimes the articles are behind paywalls. If this happens, you won't be able to use that article so keep looking elsewhere.**1. Try using refseek.com!
- This search engine tries to be more academic than google. It can be great for academic research.
- Try adding you novel title and author + the words "analysis" or "criticism" or "literary criticism"
2. Try searching the bottom of Wikipedia article on your novel
- The bottom of the wikipedia page usually lists the article's works cited. Sometimes you can find a good literary analysis linked in here.
- Scan the titles and if you see one that looks good that has a blue link, click the link and it should tak eyou to the article.
Tips for searching databases for literary criticisms
- First do a simple search for just the title of your book with "quotations around the title"
- Then use the databases filter functions to narrow your results
- First see if there is a filter to specify your author's name (important because there are sometimes books with the same name and you need the database to know which one you mean.)
- Next find the filter to narrow results by source type: "literary criticism" or "literary analysis"
- i.e. NOT biographies, book reviews, overviews, etc
- Finally you can add some simple keywords that relate to your thesis to further narrow the results if needed.
Bloom's Literature (Temporary database until 06/30/20)
- See a video tutorial for using Literature Resource Center
- See a written with pictures tutorial for using Literature Resource Center
- Temporary Database - Available until June 30th, 2020
- username: greatvalley
- password: facts