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This guide will help English 102 students locate information on Mary Shelley's Frankenstein

Indices you could use

Located on 2nd floor

How to "read" a citation

When you find a citation in one of the Indexes, you might find the following helpful when trying to decifer what exactly it means.

For example, if we take a closer look at the citation we found in the Humanities Index we can identify the various parts.

My accursed origin: the search for the mother in Frankenstein. M.A Rubinstein. Stud Romant 15:165-94 Spr '76

"My accursed origin: the search for the mother in Frankenstein" -this is the title of the article.

M.A Rubinstein -this is the author of the article.

Stud Romant - this is the title of the journal in which the article is located.

15 - this is the volume number of the journal.

165-94 - these are the page numbers.

Spr '76 - this is the date when it was published.


*Please ask for help if you're having a hard time. A librarian would love to help!

How do I use an index?

It's not particularly intuitive to use an index. First of all, they are not full text, indices contain citations only (title, journal, author, date, pages).

Each volume usually represent what was published in one year. That means you should probably search multiple years.

Some options for finding information in indices are looking up: "Shelley, Mary" or "Frankenstein" or "gothic."

A few examples from the 1976-1977 Humanities Index:

SHELLEY, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin
Kinship and guilt in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein. J.A. Dussinger. Stud Novel 8:38-55 Spr '76

SHELLEY, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin
My accursed origin: the search for the mother in Frankenstein. M.A Rubinstein. Stud Romant 15:165-94 Spr '76

GOTHIC novels
Mary Shelley's last men: the truth of dreams. H.S. Spatt. Stud Novel 7:526-37 Win '75

OK, what does this mean and what is a Stud Novel?

Stud Novel and Stud Romant are abbreviations for the title of the journal. You can look in the front of the index for a listing of the abbreviations.

Stud Novel = Studies in the Novel
Stud Romant = Studies in Romanticism

Now that you have found a relevant citation, you need to find out which library owns the journal and then make sure they have the year for which you are looking.



Copy machines

You can make copies of articles for 10 cents a page (cash only).

Copy machines are located on each floor.