Library Assignment

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Your name

Placing your person in his/her context:

For this assignment you will need to use the list of encyclopedias at http://www.wsu.edu/~wldciv/brians_syllabus/encyc.html. Take it with you to the library. Do not use the library "pink sheet" instead. Read the instructions carefully. It is wisest to fill out these forms in pencil, so you can easily make changes.

Fill in the following form, using your textbook and encyclopedias only. Be sure to check a general encyclopedia or reference work (from Section A: General Encyclopedias & Biographical Sources) first to determine what specialized encyclopedias you should use from Section B: More specialized encylopedias & reference works).

Name of your chosen person


Is this person described in your textbook? (Circle one)      Yes     No
If you checked "No," there should be a bit of information on the list to help you.

Go the reference room on the first floor of Holland Library, and look up the name of your person in two encyclopedias. Use one general encyclopedia and one more specialized one from the list Try more if necessary.

Encyclopedias used (be sure to fill out the form on the other side of this sheet):

A. General:


B. Specialized:


Which was the more useful encyclopedia? (Circle one.)     A     B

Why?


Is your person's name spelled differently in the encyclopedias than on the list on page 27 of this packet?

If so, how is it spelled


Where and in what period did your person live?



(Examples: Classical Greece, Ming China, Renaissance Italy, France 12th Century)

Judging by what you read in your encyclopedia articles, what sorts of subject terms might help you find books containing information on your person? There may be no entire books devoted to your person. It is crucial to have a context for your subject in order to do a subject search on the computer catalogue. Examples: If your person was a Renaissance French composer, you might look in books on Renaissance music or on the history of French music. If your person was a Chinese poet, you might look in books on Chinese poetry. If your person was an emperor of India, you might look in books on the history of India. If your person was the spouse of someone who was also famous, you might look at the biography of the spouse. Hint: if your person is a writer, introductions to books containing his/her works will provide useful information.

Useful terms associated with my person:



Now fill out the form on the Encyclopedia Bibliographic Information Form (start new page here)


Encyclopedia Bibliographic Information Form

A. For the general encyclopedia or reference work:

Title of the article read


Author of the article


(Not all encyclopedia articles are signed, but often they are signed with initials. You will need to look at the list of authors in the first volume of the work to discover what name the initials stand for.).

Title of the encyclopedia or reference work:


Edition used:


(If no edition number is listed, it is probably the first edition)

Publisher


Place of publication


(city)

Date of publication of this edition


(should be listed right after publisher; do not confuse this with date of printing)

 

 

B. For the specialized encyclopedia or reference work:

Title of the article read


Author of the article


(Not all encyclopedia articles are signed, but often they are signed with initials. You will need to look at the list of authors in the first volume of the work to discover what name the initials stand for.)

Title of the encyclopedia or reference work:


Edition used:


(If no edition number is listed, it is probably the first edition)

Publisher


Place of publication


(city)

Date of publication of this edition


(should be listed right after publisher; do not confuse this with date of printing)

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