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Media Center

Pathfinder of Resources for the English Research Paper

If you need additional help, see Mrs. Smith in the Media Center or e-mail her at
The following resources are available at the Red Bank Regional High School Media Center

Print Resources

Destiny (OPAC) and Regular Collection
The online card catalog may be accessed from the online database page of the Media Center at is called Destiny. It can only be accessed within the school building. One of the best ways to search for criticism is to type the author's last name and click the subject button. Look for the subject heading that says your author's name and—“criticism and interpretation.” ex. Twain, Mark--criticism and interpretation There are a number of books available in the regular collection that will be helpful to you for your research, notably the Twayne's Author Series and the Harold Bloom Modern Critical Interpretations. These are located using the card catalog (OPAC) to search for information on your author
Reference Books
These are the call numbers for books in our library that contain criticisms.

R 809.88 BLA
Black Literature Criticism

R 809.04 CON
Contemporary Literary Criticism (includes authors now living and those who died after 1960)

R 809.04 GAL
Twentieth Century Literary Criticism
(includes authors who died between 1900-1959)

R 809.93358 MOS
Literature and its times: profiles of 300 notable literary workers and the historical events that influenced them.

R 810.9 AME
American Writers

R 809.3 CRI
Critical Survey of Long Fiction

R 809.3 NOV Novels for Students

R 809 WOR
World Literature Criticism

R 810.9 AFR
African American Writers

R 810.9 AFR
African American Literary Criticism 1773-2000

R 810.9 NOT
Notable African American Writers

R 810.9 MAG
Magill's Survey of American Literature

R 860.9866 HIS
Hispanic Literary Criticism

Internet Resources

Online Databases

The databases listed below can be accessed from home. Go to the Media Center Main Page at

* All databases have a username and password: rbrhs (except ProQuest which is rbrbucs).

The following database are available, they may be accessed from the Media Center Online Database page.

Literature Resource Center
provides access to biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of authors from every age and literary discipline If you need to access this database from home, please contact Mrs. Smith for the username and password.

Literary Reference Center (this database can be found when you click the icon for EBSCO)

Proquest Platinum
provides access to over 2000 online journals, magazines and newspapers If you need to access this from home, please contact Mrs. Smith for the username and password.

EBSCOhost Web
When you click into the database, select which databases you which to search.  The default databases it will automatically search are Newspaper Source and MasterFile Premier. I would add MAS Ultra - School Edition , Literary Reference Center ,   Academic Search Premier , and  Newspaper Source Plus .

These may be of help to you in locating additional information.
* Remember to always carefully consider the source of information you are taking from a website.
Internet Public Library's Online Literary Criticism Collection:
Literary Resources on the Net:
American Literature on the Web:

Note Cards and Works Cited Information

There are worksheets on the circulation desk to assist you. You may also click the links to assist you with the following

Note Cards

Once you begin researching you will, want to write down the information you have found. There are two ways you can record the ideas from your secondary sources:
  1. Quote directly from the text.
  2. Paraphrase. If you choose to paraphrase, be careful not to plagiarize. Write down the idea in your own words, not the author's.
Here is how to record your findings on a note card:

Author's Last Name, Page # of Quotations/Idea

"Quotation" or paraphrasing of the author's idea.

After you write down the idea from your secondary source, you must create a "Work Cited" note card. Create this card immediately so you will have it when you make your work cited page for your paper.

Your "Work Cited" note card should be in perfect form according to your MLA book. Please refer to your MLA for exact formatting information for your specific source. Here is an example of "Work Cited" note card using a book with an editor.

Article's Author (last name, first name). "Name of Article."
Title of Book. Ed. Editor's Name (First, Last). Place of
Publication: Publisher, Copyright Date. Page numbers.

Actual Example:

Allende, Isabel. "Toad's Mouth." A Hammock Beneath
the Mangoes: Stories from Latin America. Ed.
Harold Bloom. New York: Plume, 1992. 83-88.

Remember to gather as many ideas/quotations (not sources) you will need in your research paper.

Help for Works Cited Pages

MLA Examples

Easy Bib (citation maker)
Slate Citation Machine (will create both APA and MLA Citations)
Citation Styles
Open Colleges Guide for Citations
College of DuPage Library: Citing Souces (APA & MLA)

The links below are printable sheets that you can use to assist you in compiling your citation. These sheets can also be found on the circulation desk in the Media Center.
Book with one author
Book with an editor (Harold Bloom books)
Twentieth Century Literary Criticism and Contemporary Literary Criticism
Magazine or Newspaper from EBSCO
GaleNet Online Databases Website