Salinger/Thornton Essay

  • Be sure to record any resources you use on your Source Log
  • (Use to assist in tracking your sources)
  • Note that hyperlinks (underlined) are accessible by holding Ctrl
    and clicking on link
  • All usernames and passwords on p22 of Student Agenda or see
    Circulation Desk for a list.
  • Brainstorm good keywords before you search (what is your topic
    and what synonyms might work? Use a thesaurus to help).
  • For keywords (overall themes in the play) and summaries, check out the Masterplots entry from EBSCO’s Literary Reference Centre – click here.
  • Consider these pathfinders

Electronic Resources – access via List of Databases

E-books – search first for “Othello” in all e-books, then browse for different books. Skim the table of contents and indeces of each book in the search results. Use the search inside feature to search within a book for “Othello”; or idea (e.g., marriage). In the HTML form, search within a page using CTRL–F.

General Criticism

  • search using keywords for your topic (try “Salinger”, “Catcher in the Rye”, “Imagining Argentina”, “Lawrence Thornton”)

Critical Essays on Specific Topics


Databases: use advanced search and keywords to narrow your results

#1. Literature Resource Centre (GALE)

  • PW: __________ (agenda p22)
  • Click Title Search and enter “Othello”; set to Exact Title and browse through the results
  • Use Advanced Search and search the full text; use the AND to narrow results
  • Browse through these search tips.

#2. Literary Reference Centre (EBSCO) video tutorial click here

  • UN: __________ PW: __________ (agenda p22)
  • Try restricting your search to literary criticism and peer-reviewed sources (in advanced search click off the biographies etc.).
  • Set Publication title or title of work to “Imagining Argentina” and keyword to your topic
  • Source an article in your Works Cited page by browsing to the article, then:
  • click on Save at the top
  • set Citation Cormat to MLA format
  • click Save and copy and paste the result into your Works Cited page.


Google Advanced Search Consider using advanced search functionswhen searching the Net by setting:

all these words:

List <Othello> and the topics separated by a space

site or domain:

Restrict to a university domain (,, to hone in on academic sites. Be sure to check the URL for ~ which may indicate a student (rather than professor) page.

File type:

Try <pdf> for more official docs.
  • Remember to record the source information for all your articles and essays. Sometimes this is provided in MLA format at the bottom of the article.
  • Use the Green Guide to take proper notes on your topic

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