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WRPR 133: The American West in Fact and Fiction (HC)

Writing Program 133: The American West in Fact and Fiction (Lapsansky) Fall 2020

Doing Research

This guide contains research tools and materials for your class projects.  Use the tabs on the left to navigate through the guide.

File:A Dash for the Timber by Frederic Remington.jpg

    A Dash for the Timber, Frederic Remington, 1889 (Source: Wikimedia Commons public domain)

 

Introduction

The resources here will provide you with academic material for your essay.  When you select and read articles, be aware of the following issues:

    • Expertise - What is the author's training?  Has he or she published other material in this subject area?

    • Audience - Who are the intended readers?  Is it for the general public or for college students and researchers?

    • Discipline Focus - What subject approach does the author take?  Historical, religious, literary?  If literary, is there a special interest in a particular kind of interpretation, such as linguistic, psychoanalytic or gendered?

    • Documentation - Is there a bibliography for further reading?  Are there titles there that are new to you?

    • Date - If the article was published more than 10 years ago, can you find a more recent point-of-view?

Accessing Resources

1) Accessing the Libraries' Digital Resources when Off Campus
If you start at this course research guide or the Tripod library catalog, you will be prompted to sign in and authenticate through the Off-campus Access page (Option A below) when you click on an online resource link .
 
If you plan to work in-depth on a research paper when you are off campus, use VPN software (Option B).  Once you authenticate, you can then connect to resources (with Haverford subscriptions) on the open Web as well as use URLS you have already saved or those sent by faculty and librarians.  

   A) Off-campus Access through Tripod
                    Haverford  https://ezproxy.haverford.edu/login
Use your email user name (no @haverford.edu) and password to log on.  You will need to navigate through Tripod, rather than typing URLs in the search box for your entire session.  The proxy prefix has to remain in your URL in order to access digital materials to which Haverford subscribes.

   B) Download VPN software from Campus IT Services
                   Haverford:  https://iitskb.sites.haverford.edu/knowledge-base/installing-the-vpn-client/
When you log into VPN with your email user name (do not add @ haverford.edu) and password, all the subscriptions in Tripod will work even when you go through the Web rather than Tripod.  It is simpler to do in-depth research with VPN rather than the library proxy. 
 
 
2.  Requesting Resources from Tricollege Libraries

For people studying on campus, log into Tripod (upper right corner) to use the "Request"  button to have titles delivered within the Trico.  They will usually usually arrive in one or two days. 

For people studying remotely, use these request links: Articles or Book Chapters  and   Books or DVDsThese links can also be found on the Support during Covid-19 page.

 
3.  Requesting Resources that are not Available in Tripod

Haverford Libraries fulfill student, faculty, and staff requests for materials.  There are no charges for requests nor are there limits on the number of items you can submit.  You can use the forms below to enter your requests.  Articles and other digital material will be sent to your email address.  If you are on campus, you will be notified when print copies and other material are ready for you to come and check out.  If you are studying remotely, the libraries will supply digital copies and print material by mail.

Haverford on campus users can request materials using the Borrow beyond Trico page :          

HC remote users can request materials using these links below:

          Articles or Book Chapters

          Books or DVDs

They will also find these request links on the Support during COVID-19 page

All HC users can request articles and books using the  button in database records

            

4.  Accessing Reserves

To see what is on electronic reserves for a particular course, login to Moodle and go to the specific course page.