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ITAL 4150: The Decameron and the Age of Realism

 

  • Getting Started
  • Literature
  • Art, Gender and Society
  • Citing
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How do I?

Once you have determined a topic, issue or subject of interest, you will need to focus the topic into a researchable question.

The following steps should help you break the process down:

 

  • Plan your approach to the topic. Identify related issues, people, events etc. Determine your perspective. List what you know and what you need to know.
  • Develop keywords that represent your topic. You'll use these to search for books and articles for your paper. Encyclopedia and reference books can help identify keywords.
  • Read around your topic to develop a comprehensive understanding of your topic. Utilize reference sources to provide you with an overview and background information on a topic, the established knowledge on a topic, the most important facts about a topic, the key figures, places, or events related to your topic and a list of recommended readings on a topic

See the following sections to give further advice on developing keywords and background information.

 

+ Keywords

Before you start to research a topic, you need to develop keywords that represent your research interest, question, or inquiry.

 

Keywords are significant words (usually nouns or noun phrases) which can be used as search terms in online catalogs or databases. Keywords will determine the quantity and relevance of results you retrieve when searching.

 

First you will identify and articulate your topic in your own words:

Example: I am interested in investigating feminism in medieval Italian literature and society

Next you will designate the main concepts or ideas that describe the topic:

 

Concept 1:

feminism

Concept 2:

medieval

Concept 3:

Italian literature

Then develop other terms and vocabulary that represent the topic. Some terms may be broader, narrower, or synonyms. Adding terms that represent geographical distincitions, time periods, or significant figures about your topic may also be useful.

 

Concept 1:

female

gender (relations)

girl/mother

womanhood

Concept 2:

13th/14th century

mediaeval

Middle Ages

Chivalric

Concept 3:

novella

Decameron

narrative

text

 

Combining Keywords

Operators:

AND: Feminism AND novella (must find both terms)
OR: Middle Ages OR medieval (must find one of the terms)
NOT: text NOT poetry (must find first term NOT second term)

 

Punctuation:

Phrases: “Middle Ages” (must find that phrase in that order)
Synonyms: (mother OR daughter) AND Decameron
Wildcards: feminis* will find feminist, feminism etc

You may use the UCB Search Strategy/ Keyword Worksheetto develop your own topic.

For details on combining keywords for the best results view the

How Do I Use Keywords

+ Background Information

A good place to find keywords is from reference sources.

Reference Universe: This is a searchable database that indexes information from specialized subject encyclopedias. It does not include the full text of reference materials but will point you to reference sources that cover your topic. It searches both the titles of reference articles as well as the encyclopedia / dictionary indexes, providing a thorough level of access to materials and potential sources. CU

 

Some more CU Reference Source examples:

Specialized Dictionaries:

 

Oxford Language Dictionaries Online  

 

Encyclopedias

 

The Oxford companion to Italian literature

 

The feminist encyclopedia of Italian literature

REF PQ4063 .F45 1997

 

Encyclopedia of Italian literary studies

REF PQ4006 .E536 2007

 

Dictionary of Italian literature

REF PQ4006 .D45

 

Dizionario enciclopedico della letteratura italiana

PQ4006 .D5

For more reference source search tips, go to How do I find Reference Sources.

 

How do I?

 

 

Find books and articles on literary topics

 

CU = Available to campus IP addresses. Remote access information.

 

 

Original Works: e.g. Text of Decameron

 

+ Find novels, short stories and plays

To find books by an author do an AUTHOR search in Chinook.

 

To find a novel, do a TITLE search in Chinook.

 

To find a copy of a play, do a TITLE search in Chinook.

 

Opera del Vocabolario Italiano Database

Full text vernacular literature and writings dated prior to 1375, including Dante, Petrarch, and Boccaccio, as well as many lesser-known texts.

 

Research and Interpretation: e.g. Articles and Books

 

+ Boccaccio (Author) Research

Books

To find books about Boccaccio, do a KEYWORD search in Chinook and type in the author's name.

 

If something is checked out, request material through Prospector

 

Or do a SUBJECT search in Chinook to browse the subjects in the catalog:

 

Use and Adapt these Subject Keywords
Boccaccio, Giovanni, 1313-1375
Boccaccio, Giovanni, 1313-1375 -- Criticism and interpretation
Boccaccio, Giovanni, 1313-1375. Decamerone

 

Articles 

To find articles about Boccaccio and/or his work, try:

CU Oxford reference online : premium collection

CU Literature Online

 

CU = Available to CU affiliates only.
How to connect from home: Remote access information.

 

+ The Decameron (Text) Research

Books

To find books about the Decameron, do a KEYWORD search in Chinook under the author's name and under the title of the work (use both). E.g. Boccaccio and the Decameron

 

Once you find a record that looks useful you can search by the subject heading to find similar works, or physically browse the stacks around the call number.

 

Request material that is checked out through Prospector

 

To find more specific material do a SUBJECT search in Chinook to find relevant subject headings:

 

Use and Adapt these Subject Keywords
Boccaccio, Giovanni, 1313-1375. Decamerone
Boccaccio, Giovanni, 1313-1375 -- Literary style
Boccaccio, Giovanni, 1313-1375 -- Criticism and interpretation

 

Articles 

To find critical journal articles about the Decameron, try the following databases. Look under the title of the work, as well as under the author's name.

 

Start Here: MLA international bibliography

 

Also:

CU Humanities Full Text

CU JSTOR

CU Literature Online

CU Project Muse

CU International medieval bibliography online

CU ITER

 

CU = Available to CU affiliates only.
How to connect from home: Remote access information.

 
+ Medieval and Renaissance Literature Research

Books

To find books about other Italian literature, do a KEYWORD search in Chinook under the author's name and under the title of the work (use both).

 

Once you find a record that looks useful you can search by the subject heading to find similar works, or physically browse the stacks around the call number.

 

Request material that is checked out through Prospector

 

To find more specific material do a SUBJECT search in Chinook to find relevant subject headings:

 

Use and Adapt these Subject Keywords
Italian literature
European literature -- Renaissance, 1450-1600 -- History and criticism
Literature, Medieval

 

Articles 

To find critical journal articles about the Decameron, try the following databases. Look under the title of the work, as well as under the author's name.

 

Start Here: MLA international bibliography

 

Also:

CU Humanities Full Text

CU JSTOR

CU Literature Online

CU Project Muse

 

CU = Available to CU affiliates only.
How to connect from home: Remote access information.

 

 

 

 

How do I?

 

Find books and articles on Italian art, gender and society

 

CU = Available to campus IP addresses. Remote access information.

 

 

 

Research and Interpretation: e.g. Articles and Books

 

+ Art Resources

Books

To find books about art, do a KEYWORD search in Chinook using the name of the director or do a TITLE search using the film's title.

 

Request material that is checked out through Prospector

 

To find more specific material do a SUBJECT search in Chinook to find relevant subject headings:

 

 

Articles

To find articles or reviews about medieval or renaissance art, use the following databases:

 

CU Art Full Text
CU International medieval bibliography online

CU ITER

CU JSTOR


CU = Available to CU affiliates only.
How to connect from home: Remote access information.

 

 

+ Gender Studies

Articles

To find articles or reviews about gender studies, use the following databases:

 

CU Women's Studies International

CU International medieval bibliography online

CU ITER

CU JSTOR

 

CU = Available to CU affiliates only.
How to connect from home: Remote access information.

 


 

 

 

 
+ Medieval and Renaissance society

Articles

To find articles or reviews about gender studies, use the following databases:

 

CU International medieval bibliography online

CU ITER

CU Historical Abstracts

CU JSTOR

CU Project Muse

 

CU = Available to CU affiliates only.
How to connect from home: Remote access information.

 

 

Modern Language Association

The MLA Style is most often used in the Humanities. Below you will find some citation examples and links to online resources. For complete guidelines, consult the MLA Handbook:

 

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers
7th edition, New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2009.  Call number: LB2369 .G53 2009

Also see: How do I cite

 

EXAMPLES

 

Book with One Author

Author's last name, First name and Initial. Title in italics. Publication location: Publisher, year. Print.

 

Example:

Adams, Douglas. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. New York: Harmony Books, 1980. Print.

Entire Website

Editor, author, or compiler name (if available).  Name of Site.  Version number.  Name of institution/ organization affiliated with the site, date of resource creation (if available).  Medium of publication.  Date of access.

 

Example:

The Purdue OWL Family of Sites. The Writing Lab and OWL at Purdue and Purdue University, 2009. Web. 30 Nov. 2010.

Article in an Online Scholarly Journal (also available in print)

Author last name, First name.  “Article Title.”  Journal Title  Volume number.Issue Number (Year):  Page numbers. Medium of Publication used. Day Month Year.

 

Example:

Smith, Mark. “Disease Outbreak in Confined Monkeys.” Zoology Monthly 6.2 (2001): 500-546.  Web. 30 Nov. 2010.

Article from an Online Database

Author Last name, First name. “Article Title.” Journal Name  Volume Number.Issue Number (year) : Page Numbers. Title of Database. Medium of Publication.  Day Month Year.

 

Example:

Sonder, Clara. “Love in Medieval English Literature."

Historical Literature Journal 50.4 (2008): 145-187.  Academic Search Premier. Web. 30 Nov. 2010.

 

 

Many resources are now available on your smartphone!

Visit the following links or scan the barcode to access the mobile resources.

 

Mobile Italian Research Guide

 

Visit: http://ll.io/570

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Art Full Text
Jstor Mobile
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Historical Abstracts
Women's Studies International
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