2. Searching For Information
How to research on and offline
Offline: The Library!
The college or your local library is an excellent place in which to source information for research or simply to engage in wider reading. Offline research allows you to really develop your critical thinking skills and open your mind to new and exciting ideas and possibilities in a way that is not possible online as you have to do much more filtering of information yourself rather than relying on a search engine algorithm.
Don't write these off. There's a lot of challenging and stimulating information to be found in these. They are particularly good for discovering more traditional ideas about texts which is useful for establishing the influence of contextual factors, particularly historical ones. Ask your librarian for assistance in selecting the ones relevant to you.
A journal is a scholarly periodical that is written by experts. Journal articles tend to be longer and provide extensive citations to additional research.The more modern, serial version of reference books giving you access to the latest academic thinking on texts- if you go on to study English literature at university, don't be surprised to discover that some familiar writers from journals will be teaching you. Ask your librarian for assistance in selecting the ones relevant to you.
Magazines and Newspapers
Although not as academically orientated as journals, both forms of text can provide valuable information that may be relevant to your studies, for example enhancing your knowledge of 'Frankenstein'
Magazines and Newspapers
Online: Moodle, Search Engines and E-Resources
This should always be your first port of call- there is an abundance of carefully selected, quality articles, scanned photocopies of chapters etc already neatly collated by your teachers for you to read and gain greater insight into your studies. If you want to do more than just pass, read them.
Aside from Moodle, there are a wealth of other options available to you. Consider these recommended ones below:
An excellent resource that provides access to online journals (the majority being free) on nearly every subject and topic you can think of- definitely worth considering, particularly if you wish to study English literature at a higher level.
JSTOR (pronounced JAY-stor; short for Journal Storage) is a digital library founded in 1995. Originally containing digitized back issues of academic journals, it now also includes books and primary sources, and current issues of journals.
English and Media Centre Magazine
A resource specifically designed with Year 12 and 13 students in mind with articles occasionally written by students for students. All articles are specifically written to be relevant to texts studied in AS and A2 English Literature. Ask your teacher for login details.