One of the best ways to quickly collect an abundance of pertinent books and periodical articles is to use bibliographies. A bibliography is a compilation of citations to books, journal articles, reports, and so on about a particular topic or person.
Bibliographies often contain treasures that can be located only in sources not covered by databases. They may include types of material and dates of coverage not included in electronic databases.
Using bibliographies can save you the trouble of repeating the same search through several different databases by rounding up widely scattered citations into one place. Why reinvent the wheel when experienced scholars have already done the laborious work of identifying relevant sources?
Bibliographies can be found at the ends of encyclopedia articles, journal articles, and books. Bibliographies can also be entire books. Not only do book-length bibliographies give lists of book and article citations, their arrangement often also provides an overview of the structure of a topic and puts the person or topic into the larger context of the discipline.
Strategies for Finding Bibliographies
1. To search the library catalog
2. To search the library catalog by region and nationality
Women and literature Southern States Bibliography
3. To search the library catalog by
literary genre and time period.
The question "What was the role of black women in the Civil Rights movement?" could also be approached from different perspectives:
1. Minority women United States Bibliography
2. Women United States History Bibliography
3. Civil rights Bibliography
Remember, bibliographies are compiled by experienced scholars who have done the laborious work of identifying relevant sources. Always check the bibliographies at the ends of encyclopedia articles, journal articles, and books. You will find a wealth of material.