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ENGL 398 : Senior Seminar (BMC)

Fall 2022: Hemmeter & Thomas

Getting Started with Your Thesis

Getting Started with Your Thesis

  • Reserve a library study carrel
  • Make a research appointment with a librarian
  • Book checkout:  one semester, may be renewed for an additional semester
  • DVD check out: 4 weeks. Email Arleen Zimmerle if you need a longer DVD check-out period

Tripod, EZ-Borrow & ILL

Finding Books

EZ-Borrow & Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

MLAIB & Scholarly Articles

Start Here - MLAIB

Use the "FindIt" button  to determine how to access the full text.

More Databases

Contemporary Articles

Use these databases to find popular articles and reviews written at the time that the literary work was originally published.  Covers 1770 - 1982.


Theory & Background


General Background Information

Biographical Sources

Primary & Archival

Selected Primary Sources


Book Reviews

Specific Sources

For even more information on finding book reviews, see the Book Review guide.

Film & Media Topics

Film Topics: Specialized Databases

  • In addition to searching MLA International Bibliography, try the following databases and resources for any film or media topic.

NY Times: Film Reviews and Advertising

Organizing Your Research

Zotero Guide

Depending on your topic and your work style, you may want to use a citation manager to organize your citations and other research materials. We recommend Zotero, an open source research organizer that works with your web browser to collect sources and build your personal library as you browse.

Our Zotero Guide has tips for new Zotero users, based on the most common questions we’ve gotten from Bryn Mawr students.

Using Zotero for Notetaking

Zotero can help you manage not only citations but also your notes – be they stand-alone notes, or annotations you make about particular items in your library.  The Zotero help page on notes has more details.

Here is a brief video illustrating the organizing, tagging and note-taking fuctionality in Zotero:


MLA Handbook

Annotated Bibliographies