Drew University Library

Research Guide:

Lost in Translation: Crossroad in Self-Discovery
Fall 2005

Background Resources:

Consult these sources for brief overviews, summaries and background information. Also browse the shelves in the Reference section to identify separate encyclopedias focusing on other countries or areas to provide context for novels and films.  The 940's will include European countries, 950's cover Asia and the Middle East, and the 960's include African countries.
Encyclopedia of cognitive science, 2003.
Handbook of Psychology, 2003.
Vols 4,5 on personality and development.
Countries and their cultures, 2001
Provides overviews of countries, including information about class, gender roles, socialization and etiquette, providing a context for your reading.
American immigrant cultures, 1997
Histories, descriptions of culture, social and psychological structures of numerous non-indigenous groups, with a strong emphasis on 20th century immigrants.

Locating Books:

The Drew Library Catalog lists the books and journal titles (but not the articles in the journals) owned by Drew.  Generally, search in "Keyword" using words you would expect to find in the titles or descriptions of books on your topic, and then check the subject headings the Library has assigned, which may be quite different from your intuitive terms!  

Locating Articles:

To find magazine or journal articles, you should use an index, which may or may not include the actual articles. On the Research Resources page of the Library's web site, under the heading Recommended Online Sources by Subject , you'll find descriptions of specific indexes, arranged by topic. Getting Started lists broad, general databases, many of which are full-text. More advanced or specialized databases can be found under the pages for physics, art, chemistry, etc.  Some databases that might be useful for this class include:

Academic Search Premiere (under "Starting Points" in Online Reference Sources and Articles on the Research Resources page)
Indexes around 3000 journals and magazines, and provides full-text for about half. Click on "Academic Journals" to begin to winnow out more popular material.

ProQuest Direct (under "Starting Points" in Online Reference Sources and Articles on the Research Resources page)
Indexes around 2000 journals, magazines and newspapers, with full-text for about half. In the results, you can separate out articles in popular magazines from more academic ones, but do not assume that all the articles under "Scholarly Journals" actually are scholarly.

Ethnic Newswatch (under either "Humanities" or "Social Sciences" in Online Reference Sources and Articles on the Research Resources page)
This full-text database covers a considerable portion of out-of-the-mainstream periodicals, along with some popular and scholarly material.  It can be a real gold mine for information on people of color within the US.
International Index of the Performing Arts (under "Humanities" in Online Reference Sources and Articles on the Research Resources page)
Indexes reviews and film criticism, with some full-text.

For indexes that do not include the full-text of the article, you need to check TWO places:

A guide to the process of determining if we own a specific magazine or journal is available under Library User Guides on the Research Resources page.

If you have questions, call the Reference Counter at x3588.  We're available 9-5, Monday-Friday and 6-10, Sunday-Thursday.
Or email us at reference@drew.edu -- we'll respond within one business day of receiving your question.

Jody L. Caldwell/9/6/05