Pew Learning Center & Ellison Library

FRS 125. Thoreau: Introduction to His Life and Thought. Fall 2009

Professor: David Mycoff, Ph.D., ext. 3721
Librarian: Mei Mah, M.A., M.S., ext. 3054

Session I: Introduction to the Library (Sept. 2)

Tour the library

How our books are arranged

Library FAQs

Library policies

Our web site

Bonus: virtual tour of Walden Pond through photographs.

Session II: Find Library Books (Nov. 2)

Use our catalog to find books, videos, CDs, etc.

Use WorldCat to find and request books from other libraries.

Check out books from other libraries, including the public library system and UNC-Asheville. Ask a WWC librarian for a borrower's card.

Just so you know:

  • Reference books contain overviews of a range of topics.
  • Regular books usually present more focused treatments of a subject.
  • Electronic books can be viewed or checked out online.

View some of the books I found.

Session II: Find Articles (Nov. 2)

Finding an article can involve three steps:

  • 1. Use Articles & Databases to find articles or citations. If the citation includes the full-text or image, simply click on it. If not, go to Step 2.
  • 2. Use Journal Finder to see if we have the journal you want. If we do, get your article from the source. If not, go to Step 3.
  • 3. Use Interlibrary Loan to request the article from another library.

How to tell if an article is peer-reviewed or scholarly

View some of the articles I found.

Session II: Selected Databases and Web Sites (Nov. 2)

Interdisciplinary databases covering a variety of subjects:

Specialized databases:

Web Sites:

Session III: Use and Document Sources (Nov. 4)

Evaluate web sites
Some factors to consider include the:

  • purpose of the site
  • authority of the author or group responsible
  • evidence that supports the position
  • currency of the content
View other guides, e.g., Duke University Libraries, Ithaca College Library, or UCLA's College Library

Construct your citations
Read about citations or references to sources.
Your citations should follow a specific style or format. For this course, you will be using the MLA style.

The companion web site to The Bedford Handbook has good information about documentation styles.

A couple of tools to help you build your own citations:

Manage your citations
You might use one of these web-based tools for managing your citations:

  • EndNote Web requires you to set up a free account. Choose EndNote if you use multiple computers. Need help with EndNote?
  • Zotero works with Firefox and stores your citations on your own computer.


Painless Library Research includes information on documentation and plagiarism.

Personal assistance:
send me email,
call me at ext. 3054,
or come see me.

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