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The Buddha and Virginia Woolf

Topics coming to the reference librarians this past week include:
  • Harry Everett Smith
  • The Buddha in Hinduism
  • Mesoamerican Ballgame
  • Food distribution in Guatemala
And, an in-depth look at some conversations we’ve had via IM, in person, through email, or over the phone:
A student asked for help writing a research paper on Dorothy Parker and Virginia Woolf.  She specifically wanted assistance finding book reviews from the 1920’s.  The librarian first pointed out that the student could search for book reviews from the 1920’s, but could also look for scholarly articles about these authors written from the 20’s till today.  For book reviews published in the 1920’s, the library has a subscription to the (London) Times Digital Archive (1785 – 1985)JSTOR, and more resources listed on the guide: Book Reviews: How To Find Them.  For scholarly/peer-reviewed criticism on Woolf and Parker, the librarian suggested starting with the  MLA International Bibliography for scholarly articles about each of these authors.
Displacing place: mobile communication in the twenty-first century / edited by Sharon Kleinman
A student needed information to support a thesis that cellphones are killing face to face communication and interactions. He was looking mostly for books, but hadn’t been able to find anything. The librarian suggested searching for books with the subject heading: Wireless Communication Systems, and they were able to find the book: Displacing place : mobile communication in the twenty-first century. The librarian cautioned that since the book was published in 2007, the material might be dated, even though the topic was appropriate. The librarian clarified that articles would have more recent information, and that the student should expand his search. They started with the database: Communication and Mass Media Complete, using the subject heading “cell phones” and keywords: interaction or behavior, finding more recent material.
This Week in Reference: Apr 27-May 2, 2014 
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