Weekly Assignment #2

By midnight of the day before your class, please post a list of keywords related to your chosen topic as a comment to this post. Generate synonyms for topic keywords (e.g., “gender” and “sex”; “Victorian” and “19th century”) and try alternate spellings (including misspellings) for proper names (e.g., “Heany” for “Heaney”).

Try these keywords in at least a few of the following library catalogs and databases: NCSU, Duke, UNC-CH, NCCU, Open WorldCat, and WorldCat. Write a paragraph discussing how the same keywords produce different results in different catalogs and/or how different keywords and keyword combinations produce different results in the same catalog.

The following dropdown box in the NCSU Libraries catalog is helpful. Be sure to check out WorldCat (available from the Databases page of the library web site) as well as Open WorldCat.

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  1. Liz Jenkins

    Search terms:
    NCSU Lib
    Joyce AND Catholicism-4 results, 1 relevant
    Joyce AND Catholics- 41 results, 5-6 relevant
    Joyce AND the Catholic Church- 12 results, 3 relevant
    Joyce AND Irish Politics- 37 results, 18 relevant
    Joyce AND Politics- 267 results
    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man AND Catholics- 89 results
    UNC CH Lib
    Joyce AND Catholicism- 6 results, none relevant
    Joyce AND Catholics- 4 results, 1 relevant
    Joyce AND the Catholic Church- 13 results, 3 relevant
    Joyce AND Irish Politics- no results
    Joyce AND Politics- 180 results, most irrelevant
    James Joyce AND Politcs- 17 results, all relevant
    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man AND Catholics-1 result
    Duke Lib
    Joyce AND Catholicism- 2 results, both relevant
    Joyce AND Catholics- 5 results, 1 relevant
    Joyce AND the Catholic Church-11 results, 3 relevant
    Joyce AND Irish Politics-10 results, all relevant
    Joyce AND Politics-159 results
    James Joyce AND Politics-43 results
    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man AND Catholics- no results
    World Cat
    Joyce AND Catholicism -32 results, 2 at NCSU
    Joyce AND Catholics- 32 results, 1 at NCSU
    Joyce AND the Catholic Church-196 results
    Joyce AND Irish Politics- no results
    Joyce AND Politics-no results
    James Joyce AND Politics-no results
    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man AND Catholics- no results
    In doing these searches, I found that using the term ?catholics? instead of ?catholicism? yielded the most results, although not necessarily the most relevant results. Using just ?Joyce? as a term instead of ?James Joyce? yielded more results, but far fewer relevant results. I instead ended up with works collected and/or edited by other people with the first or last name Joyce. I was surprised that the NCSU library had the most and best (in terms of relevancy) results which is encouraging to me, knowing that I won?t have to go far to get the resources I need. Using the specific title of the work I want to research yielded the fewest results, but I am not really surprised. I think I will be more successful using journal articles, than books for the specific novel. I am very surprised that WorldCat yielded so few results in each of the different combinations of key worlds that had been successful in the library searches. All in all, I found more sources than I was expecting.

  2. Glenice Woodard

    Topic: Geoffrey Chaucer
    Search for Jeffrey Chaucer with the alternate spelling of his first name brought 10 results @ NCSU:
    D ? History (General) and History of Europe (2)
    P ? Language and literature (8)
    @ UNC-CH:
    2 results, both the same text titled
    The works of our ancient, learned, & excellent English poet, Jeffrey Chaucer: : as they have lately been compar’d with the best manuscripts; and several things added, never before in print. / To which is adjoyn’d, the story of The siege of Thebes, by John Lidgate … ; Together with the life of Chaucer, shewing his countrey, parentage, education, marriage, children, revenues, service, reward, friends, books, death. Also a table wherein the old and obscure words in Chaucer are explained, and such words (which are many) that either are, by nature or derivation, Arabick, Greek, Latine, Italian, French, Dutch, or Saxon, mark’d with particular notes for the better understanding their original. Authored by Chaucer, Geoffrey, d. 1400
    1 ? found in the Rare Book Collection Folio
    2 ? located in the Davis Library Microfilm
    (I certainly want to take a look at this one.)
    @ Duke:
    6 results, one of which I have requested from D. H. Hill
    – another one yielded a keyword I hadn?t considered: The ?postcolonial? Middle Ages (this book as it turns out is also available at D. H. Hill)
    @ Open WorldCat:
    11 results
    Keyword List and number of results yielded
    Postcolonial Middle Ages ? 12 results (4 of which look interesting)
    Chaucer and English History ? 246 results
    Chaucer and English Literature ? 237 results
    Chaucer and Middle English ? 224 results
    Chaucer and French Language ? 11 results
    Chaucer and Latin Language ? 5 results
    Chaucer and Medieval Literature ? 200 results
    Canterbury Tales ? 247 results
    Chaucer and French History ? 33 results
    Literature of the Angles ? 30 results (surprisingly 2 were under the LC Subject Heading of Medicine, neither of which had any relevance to my topic)
    Anglo-Saxon Literature ? 168 results
    Pilgrimage Literature ? 156 results

  3. Erin Callahan

    First, “Hispanic English” as a NCSU Catalog Search:
    182 matching items, spread out from geography to music to medicine.
    The most important progress I made here was clicking on Phillip Carter, a fellow ling grad student’s MA dissertation, and looked at “Summary Keywords” (see below)
    Summary: Keywords: sociolinguistics, vowel analysis, phonetics, dialect, language variation, rhythm, prosody
    I’m thinking, “our discipline of sociolinguistics is so young that I have to search the whole field for relevant sources?”
    But some of the keywords: dialect, language variation, etc. do give me ideas for synonyms.
    I then try the perhaps more recent, PC “Latino English.” I’m confused. When I do the search, then click on “Philosophy, Psychology, Religion,” I get, among similar items, an ebook titled “Cato divinus, sive, Proverbia Solomonis Latino carmine reddita [electronic resource].” I’m stumped. What does Cato divinus have to do wtih Latino English? Or did it read my search term as “Latin”?
    Some of the texts in “Language and Literature” could be useful, like “Aloud : voices from the Nuyorican Poets Cafe,” for primary data
    I find several relevant sources under “Topics” “Language,” “English Language” and “Spanish Language” as well as “Bilingualism.”
    I’m impressed to see the Topic “Languages in Contact,” but the sources there are most sociological. Hmm.
    Let’s try “Chicano English.” Oooo! Looks like I have struck paydirt. The first few sources that come up are immediately relevant, like “Chicano English : an ethnic contact dialect” and “American voices : how dialects differ from coast to coast.” I’m guessing that the term “Chicano” is already kind of pre-selected (or politicized) to the kind of information I need.
    Let’s send the search “Chicano English” to UNC-CH.
    5 results found, all relevant. Well, not much of a yield, but more streamlined.
    Same thing with “Hispanic English”: some titles are in Spanish, and few are relevant. At Duke, the search “Hispanic English” yields the same type of history/personal narrative/ethnography types of literare-y titles.
    Let’s try World Cat. I’m confused by the google-y format and would love to see a demonstration in class on how to narrow. Quick Article Search was a bit more focused. Both places yielded more relevant results with “Chicano English” than “Hispanic English” or “Latino English,” again I assume because of the pre-loaded politicized connotations here.
    I have what is probably a horrible question. How can you ethically (or can you) “poach” off of others’ bibliographies if you are all working on the same, similar, narrow topic?
    EC

  4. Jill Taylor

    Keywords:
    -Shakespeare, Shakespear, Shakspear, Shakespere
    -Performance, Drama, Theatre, Theater, Acting, Set Design, Stage
    -Globe Theatre/Theater
    -Elizabethan Drama/Theatre/Theater and Renaissance Drama/Theatre/Theater
    -History Plays, Henry V
    The keywords Shakespeare, Performance, and Drama produced such abundant results that I thought that WorldCat might crash due to my search. Shakespeare gave me between 9,000 and 13,000 results from NCSU, UNC, and Open WorldCat; WorldCat gave me over 123,000 results. Some keywords such as performance and acting were so broad that it was necessary to narrow with LC classifications, though it was interesting how many times acting brought up political books for results. I found the misspellings and synonyms useful for narrowing down a lot of the results. The misspellings of Shakespeare produced results from different time periods based on the spelling, including some e-versions of texts from the 17th and 18th centuries. While NCSU corrected my spelling of Shakspear to Shakespear to get results, UNC did not correct the spelling and got three results.
    The keyword combinations brought up very specific examples that I would want to find for this search. Shakespeare and Globe Theatre brought up good results that were relevant to performance and ?page to stage? analysis. I combined the Globe with Henry V, but changed the spelling to the American Theater and still found one result (out of two) that would be directly applicable to the overall concept I have in mind. By reverting to the British spelling of theatre in this search, I only got the one relevant result. I searched NCSU and UNC for Elizabethan drama and acting. The search gave me several of the same results, but some extra results at UNC. I think the combinations and LC classifications would be a necessary tool for keywords that bring up such broad applications.

  5. susanna branyon

    NCSU
    Search:
    Flannery O’Connor Walker Percy – 16
    Flannery O’Conner Walker Percy – 1
    Walker Percy Catholicism – 4
    Flannery O’Connor Catholicism – 2 (one of which is a thesis with a great works cited page)
    UNC-CH
    Search:
    Flannery O’Connor Walker Percy – 4
    FLannery O’Conner Walker Percy – 0
    Walker Percy Catholicism – 2 (both of which are manuscripts I’ve looked at before and found interesting, but irrelevant)
    Flannery O’Connor Catholicism – 2 (1 relevant)
    Duke
    Search:
    Flannery O’Connor Walker Percy – 5
    FLannery O’Conner Walker Percy – 0
    Walker Percy Catholicism -0
    Flannery O’Connor Catholicism – 2 (one of which is a collection of manuscript letters that I can’t wait to check out! How do I get permission for the “restricted” section?)
    NCCU
    Search:
    Flannery O’Connor Walker Percy – 1
    Flannery O’Conner Walker Percy – 0
    Flannery O’Conner Catholicism – 0
    Walker Percy Catholicism – 1
    Open WorldCat
    Search:
    Flannery O’Connor Walker Percy – 15
    Flannery O’Conner Walker Percy – 0
    Flannery O’Connor Catholicism – 17
    Walker Percy Catholicism – 13
    Walker Percy Catholics – 15
    Flannery O’Connor Walker Percy Catholics – 4
    This was an eye-opening search! I found, most importantly, that there has been a good amount written about these two authors. If I want to write a thesis on one or both of them as related to their Catholic belief, I’ll have to come up with something really original.
    Could we talk about how to get into the restricted section of a university library? Also, I second Erin in wanting to know how to “poach” sources from others’ work.

  6. Scott Dill

    I began with the terms “John Donne” and “Phenomenology” out of curiosity. It produced a hit here and there in the local university libraries, but nothing substantial and relevant. Over a thousand for each keyword on its own in several libraries, but none of interest when put together. An important find.
    Then I went to “John Donne” and “Radical Orthodoxy.” Strike two, but expected. A bit nervous and not wanting to be caught on the third strike merely watching it whiz by I swung at one high and outside: “John Donne” and “irony.” What I thought was for sure turned up nothing more than a foul tip of one citation here at NCSU. Nothing in OpenWorldCat.
    At this point my feelings are mixed. One the one hand I’ve got the crowd on the edge of their seats since I’m interested in an aspect of Donne that hasn’t been thoroughly worked through. On the other hand I’m on the wire and about to walk back to the bench with nothing more than the certainty that my hoped for thesis topic was a total wash-out. So, “John Donne” and “language” it is.
    These pull up 18 here, twenty on OpenWorldCat, 1 at UNC-CH, 11 at Duke, and 1 at NCCU.
    This is a start; using the keywords “Donne” and “religion,” or “theology,” list many other possibilities, some of which I am sure to use.

  7. Kim Bowers

    My original search was Virginia Woolf and Eve. I tried three variations.
    @ NCSU
    Virginia Woolfe and Eve:
    P-[Language and Literature] – 11
    R-[Medicine] – 1
    Virginia Woolf and Feminine:
    B-[Philosophy, Psychology, Religion] – 1
    H-[Social Sciences] – 2
    P – 19
    Virginia Woolf and Gender:
    B – 1
    D-[History(General) and History of Europe] – 2
    H – 4
    L-[Education] – 1
    P – 44
    Q-[Science] – 1
    I used my original search and one alternative at other sites.
    [Virginia Woolf and Eve]
    Duke: 1 entry
    UNC-CH: 1 (irrelevant)
    Open Worldcat: 7
    [Virginia Woolf and Gender]
    Duke: 15 entries
    UNC-CH: 8
    Open Worldcat: 33
    Most of the alternative searches yielded more results because they were broader than my original. Even though the search was broader, the results were still very relevant. Even if I wanted to search a very specific subject, I would use synonyms because they may bring relevant research material I would otherwise have missed. It would be hard to describe how Eve is relevant to Virginia Woolf?s novels without have a good foundation of why gender is important to them.

  8. Matt Davis

    NCSU
    Literature in teaching composition – 91 results
    Literature in teaching writing – 320 results
    Literature and pedagogy (with/without “writing” or “comp”)
    With – 22 matching items
    Without – 208 matching items
    The role of literature in teaching composition – 11 matching items.
    UNC
    The role of literature in teaching composition – 5 matching items (all off topic)
    Literature in teaching composition ? 69 results
    Literature in teaching writing ? 160 results
    Literature and pedagogy ? 106 results(most look off topic)
    With ? 1 result (off topic)
    DUKE
    The role of literature in teaching composition ? 2 (off topic)
    Literature in teaching composition ? 46 results
    Literature teaching writing ? 119 results
    Literature in pedagogy ? 74 results
    With ? 6 results
    OPEN WORLDCAT
    Got google results but 1 good one (Using folk literature in the classroom : encouraging children to read and write
    by Frances S Goforth; Carolyn V Spillman
    Type: English : Book
    Publisher: Phoenix : Oryx Press, 1994.
    ISBN: 089774747X
    OCLC: 30399693
    In looking up information on my topic “the role of literature in the teaching of composition” I mostly tried to find synonyms for the second half of the phrase as I thought any change to “literature” would surely get me off topic results. I also split my search with the word ‘pedagogy’ into two categories – one with the words ‘writing’ and/or ‘composition’ and one without. As expected, the search with the words narrowed down my results. NCSU returned the most (and most relevant at first glance) results, and it looks like I will be sifting through the larger searches as those with fewer results were too far off topic. Open WorldCat pulled a switcheroo on me somehow, I ended up with some sort of Google “Find a Library” page, although I did get one solid source out of it. I’ll have to try WorldCat another time…

  9. Aaron Turney

    NCSU Catalog:
    A search of death + romanticism yielded 57 results, to include some very compelling titles such as Death and Representation, Victorian Fantasy, and The Romantic Paradox : Love, Violence and the Uses of Romance, 1760-1830.
    A search of death + romantics yielded 106 results to include The Gender of Death: a Cultural History in Literature, A Study in Romantic Melancholy, and The Gothic Other: Racial and Social Constructions in the Literary Imagination.
    A search of gothic+ literature + themes yielded 13 hits; too many were of interest to list them all.
    Duke Catalog:
    A search of death + romanticism yielded 29 results to include: The romantic paradox: love, violence, and the uses of romance, 1760-1830, and Contagion : sexuality, disease, and death in German idealism and romanticism.
    A search of death + romantics yielded only 4 results, two of which were significant: Classic cult fiction: a companion to popular cult literature, and Life and Literature.
    A search of gothic+ literature + themes yielded 1 result on one particular writer?maybe of some use.
    WorldCat:
    A search of death + romanticism yielded a whopping 178 results, of which 118 were books. Some promising titles such as Poe Short Story Notes and The Development of American Romance: the Sacrifice of Relation.
    A search of death + romantics yielded 44 results to include only one seemingly useful title: The body economic: life, death, and sensation in political economy and the Victorian novel.
    A search of gothic+ literature + themes turned up some really cool sounding titles like The Gothic novel, 1790-1830 : plot summaries and index to motifs, The female thermometer : eighteenth-century culture and the invention of the uncanny.
    UNC Catalog:
    A search of death + romanticism yielded 34 results to include titles such as Contagion : sexuality, disease, and death in German idealism and romanticism / David Farrell Krell,
    A search of death + romantics yielded only 2 results, only one of which sounded like it might be useful (Life and Literature).
    A search of gothic+ literature + themes turned only 2 results, one directly related to Browning, the other to Shelley, so they are certainly significant on some level.
    In all the searches I did, the word ?motif? seemed to throw a wrench in the works, so I just removed it. I assume I?ll have to make my own scholarly determinations in regards to that (not that it doesn?t exist in the texts; it just wasn?t very helpful in the searching process). Also, it came clear to me from the many titles that I saw that included femininity, gender studies and eroticism that a thesis which focuses on the death fantasy in Romantic works will likely be intertwined with these other angles. And yes, it does make sense now that I think about it. Regardless, the resources out there in the NCSU library alone make for a promising research experience, but some of the titles found in other databases are definites for interlibrary loan, etc.

  10. E. Ashley Yates

    List of Keywords:
    Vladimir Nabokov
    Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov
    Nabokov
    Nabakov ? misspelling
    I did not find that using different keywords in different catalogs produced significantly different results. I can only assume this happened because I was searching for a specific author?s name instead of an idea. UNC-CH, Duke Libraries, and NCCU Libraries produced, for the most part, the same results as NCSU?s catalog. I did find that my keywords in the UNC-CH catalog search produced a lot of articles in other languages. I assume this occured because of some component to their search system. Worldcat was by far the most helpful search engine. Where it did produce a lot of the same search results, there were several results I found at Worldcat that I did not see in the catalog searches with the other schools. For example, I found a book entitled ?Understanding Vladimir Nabokov?, which NCSU owns, that I did not see in my searches at NCSU?s and the other school?s libraries. I also found that misspelling Nabokov?s name as ?Nabakov? yielded several new results that might be helpful in my quest for more information on my favorite author.

  11. stephany dunstan

    NCSU libraries:
    keyword- “linguistic discrimination”=43 results, 4 relevant, “language discrimination” 217 results, 9 relevant, “sociolinguistics and discrimination”= 11 results, 2 relevant
    UNC libraries:
    keyword- Language discrimination 1 result, not relevant
    Linguistic discrimination= 1 result,
    Linguistic AND discrim.= 7 results 2 relevant
    Language and discrimination= 83 results, 8 relevant
    WorldCat-
    keyword- “language discrimination”= 83 results, 25 relevant, “linguistic discrimination” yielded similar results.
    While doing this search, I found that it was relatively easy to find information about linguistic/language discrimination as a general topic. However, there isn’t a huge amount of information out there about it, and if you want to find something specific, such as linguistic discrimination in southern american english, the information is very limited. Such is the nature of a young field (sociolinguistics). I did discover however, that WorldCat is awesome. It basically compiled the info I got from the UNC/NCSU libraries, plus several more books/journals that UNC and NCSU didn’t have.

  12. Joshua Clements

    OK, continuing from last week in “Motion Pictures and Ethnology” since that seemed to be a fertile starting point for branching out into subjects of substance regarding Mondo Documentaries.
    Search it at NCSU: 24 items.
    Sent to UNC: 61 items. Love that library.
    to Duke: 46 items.
    tossed to WorldCat: 322 items.
    I’m starting to see some common titles. Let’s play with the parameters.
    “motion picture ethnography”
    23 results at WorldCat.
    “indigenous peoples in motion pictures”
    5 results at WorldCat.
    “sensationalism in motion pictures”
    120 results at WorldCat
    I’ve found in various catalogs that it is very easy to get off-track to finding useful materials if I do not align two or three keywords very carefully. Each of my major keywords are gateways to varying diverse disciplines, so I need to fine tune my searches to keep results as relevant as possible. UNC certainly appears to have a superior selection of books that would help me compared to NCSU. I did not encounter any meaningful results from searches of various mispellings.
    This is starting to crystallize with anthropology and film. So I’ll just run with that and we’ll see where it takes me. There doesn’t appear to be a solid theoretical base for exploring my specific original idea, so I’ll have to discover it in other contexts. I’ll keep this area open and also explore other angles and try to meld something together from there. I do have a not insignificant amount of nervousness as to what kinds of useful materials I will be able to find, but at this point I’m willing to keep hacking away at it.

  13. Kelly Mahaffey

    Hemingway and Gender:
    NCSU: 18 matches
    UNC: surprisingly only 3 matches
    Duke: 6 matches
    Open WorldCat: 20 matches
    Hemingway and Sex:
    NCSU: 14 matches
    UNC: 14 matches
    Duke: 12 matches
    Open WorldCat: 26 matches
    Hemingway and Feminism:
    Nothing Anywhere
    UNC and Duke turned out a lot of matching titles, but most weren’t available at the NCSU library. Open WorldCat pretty much covered everything available at NCSU, UNC, and Duke. I was a little surprised to find so many more matches for Hemingway and Gender in the state library than the others. People use the terms gender and sex interchangeably when they really shouldn’t be. That makes it a little more difficult to find exactly what I’m looking for because I have to siphon through sex to find gender.

  14. Nancy McVittie

    Narrative Structure Silent Comedy
    NCSU-0, DUKE-0, CH-0,WORLDCAT-0
    Silent Comedy Narrative
    NCSU-3hit/2relevant, DUKE-1hit/1rel, CH-1hit/0rel, WORLDCAT-4hit/1rel
    Silent Film Narrative
    NCSU-18hit/5rel,DUKE-6hit/2rel,CH-8hit/3rel, WORLDCAT-17hit/5rel (some very good rel hits on this search)
    Narrative Structure Comedy
    NCSU-6hit/2rel,DUKE-0,CH-0,WORLDCAT-6hit/2rel (again, some good relevant hits)
    Silent Comedy (restricted when possible to book sources only)
    NCSU-24hit/9relevant,DUKE-166hit mostly films,CH-3hit/1 rel, WORLDCAT-110hit mostly films
    Max Linder
    NCSU-6hits/0relevant,DUKE-9hits/1relevant but in French (zut alors!), NC-2hits/1rel, WORLDCAT-6hits/5rel
    Max Lindor
    NCSU-6hits/0relevant,DUKE-0,NC-0,WORLDCAT-0
    Charlie Chaplin (exclud.biographies and films when possible)
    NCSU-8hits/3relevant, DUKE-136 mostly films and bios, CH-71 mostly films and bios, WORLDCAT-70 mostly films and bios
    Charles Chaplin (exclud.biographies and films when possible)
    NCSU-5hits/1rel,DUKE-85 mostly films and bio, CH-35hit/2rel, WORLDCAT-70 mostly films and bio
    Buster Keaton (exclud.biographies and films when possible)
    NCSU-4hits/4rel, DUKE-87 mostly films and bio, CH-66 mostly films and bio, WORLDCAT-89 mostly films and bio
    Joseph Frank Keaton
    NCSU-2hits/1rel, DUKE-4hits/1rel,CH-2hits/1rel, WORLDCAT-2hits/1rel
    Harold Lloyd (exclud.bios and films when possible)
    NCSU-5hits/2rel, DUKE-70hits mostly bio and films, CH-30hits/2rel, WORLDCAT-127hits mostly bio and films
    I too had some issues with WORLDCAT and its Google format–I don’t remember it looking like that in class. Maybe it’s different off campus? Also, I felt like I was doing something wrong because it seems like if it was an actual World Catalogue search like we saw in class, I should have gotten more hits there than at any single library, but that wasn’t always the case.
    I also ran into difficulty because in the searches of outside catalogues I was unable to narrow the results by media or type, as I could at the NCSU results page. This makes things difficult because I can’t filter out fictional films/videos or straight biographies, which in the case of the comedians can yield hundreds of hits that aren’t really what I’m looking for.

  15. Domenica Vilhotti

    Assignment #2: Keyword Search
    I know I am writing my term paper for my British Romantic course on Shelley?s Frankenstein, but am still debating whether to pursue a psychoanalytic or feminist reading. I am also interested in masculinity studies, androgyny, and the novel?s possible commentary on slavery. I decided, then, to keep my options open for this assignment. I was particularly surprised by the amount of relevant results I was able to get from NCSU?consistently more than UNC, Duke, or Open World Cat. I was also happy to finally have learned how to use World Cat. I found this database easy to navigate, comprehensive, and relevant. I compiled this table* (see below) to show my findings. (*table turned into a list for blog format!)
    Frankenstein and gender:
    NCSU — 28 results; 20 relevant
    UNC-Ch — 5 results; 3 relevant
    Duke — 4 results; all relevant
    World Cat — 32 results; most relevant & solid
    Open World Cat — 15 results; 6 relevant
    Frankenstein and criticism:
    NCSU — 120 fascinating results; ~70% relevant
    UNC-Ch — 61 results
    Duke — 52 results; many different from UNC & NCSU
    World Cat — Using the ?limit by subject headings? function, I got 431 results down to 192; many solid & new to my search
    Open World Cat — 126 results; overwhelming; review for several different angles
    Frankenstein (fictitious character) in literature
    NCSU — 4 terrific results
    UNC-Ch — 3 relevant results (same as NCSU)
    Duke — 3 results; 2 relevant
    World Cat — 109 results; overwhelming, but catches some new angles
    Open World Cat — 27 results; 11 relevant
    Frankenstein and psychoanalysis:
    NCSU — 10 results; 7 relevant
    UNC-Ch — 5 results; 5 relevant
    Duke — 6 results; 4 relevant
    World Cat — 20 results; some new & outstanding 6 results;
    Open World Cat — 2 relevant; 1 new to search

  16. Summerlin Page

    I still haven’t decided on a topic for sure and am mainly researching land, bloodlines and cycles in Faulkner so I just tried several different things. Also, the misspelling ‘Falkner’ generated one or two results relevant to my research, but was complicated by the Shelley work of the same name and the fact there was also a writer by the name William Falkner. I ran several of the searches in Open WorldCat, but that mainly yielded the same results I’d gotten through the catalogs at Duke and UNC-CH.
    NCSU
    Faulkner possession — 1, relevant
    Faulkner ownership — 1, irrelevant
    Faulkner land — 35, 27 irrelevant (unless I become interested in groundwater management)
    Faulkner earth — 15, 7 relevant
    Falkner earth — 3, all irrelevant
    Falkner — 20, 2 relevant
    Faulkner freedom — 10, 3 relevant
    Falkner freedom — 0
    Faulkner race — 56
    “” color — 22
    “” miscegenation — 6
    “” class — 27
    “” blood — 24, 13 relevant
    “” cycles — 13, 4 relevant
    UNC
    Faulkner blood — 15, 12 relevant
    Falkner — 1, irrelevant
    Duke
    Faulkner blood — 16, 12 relevant

  17. Emily Rutter

    In order to yield more research materials on William Faulkner and African American characters, I searched with the combinations (listed below) of keywords on each of the assigned sites.
    1. Faulkner
    2. William Faulkner (and only Faulkner) and African Americans:
    3. William Faulkner and characters
    >NCCU: only 1 source unique to this institution and relevant.
    >WorldCat: 1 is applicable and unavailable locally.
    >UNC and Duke didn?t provide anything new or relevant.
    **The three searches above were conducted on the outside sites only to avoid repeating results from assignment 1.**
    4. William Faulkner and black characters
    >NCSU: 2/7 have relevant titles to my topic.
    >UNC: 0/1 is new or relevant.
    >Duke: 0/3 is new or relevant.
    >NCCU: 0/0 is new or relevant.
    >WorldCat: 1/1 is distinct from NCSU and relevant.
    5. Faulkner and black characters: either the same as #4 produced or irrelevant to my topic.
    6. Faulkner and blacks:
    >NCSU: 7/68 have relevant titles to my topic.
    >UNC: 0/4 is new or relevant.
    >Duke: 0/4 is new or relevant.
    >NCCU: 0/1 is new or relevant.
    >WorldCat: 2/4 is distinct from NCSU and relevant.
    7. William Faulkner and race
    >NCSU: 20/56 have relevant titles to my topic.
    >UNC: 1/49 is distinct from NCSU and relevant.
    >Duke: 0/42 is new or relevant.
    >NCCU: 0/9 is new or relevant.
    >WorldCat: 3/81 are distinct from NCSU and relevant.
    8. Faulkner and racism: either the same as race produced or irrelevant to my topic
    9. Faulkner and civil rights: repetitious of previous search results with 1 new WorldCat source
    With several of my more general searches, many books appear that aren’t useful to me because they are not specifically analyzing Faulkner’s characterizations of African Americans. For example, searching under the author’s name produces hundreds of results at any of the universities, and thousands with WorldCat. Some of the new combinations were more useful than my previous search of only ‘William Faulkner and African American characters’ or ‘William Faulkner’, though in the case of NCCU, the general search proved to be the most fruitful. I tried changing the spelling of his name by dropping the ‘u’ or the ‘l’, but I didn’t come up with anything relevant to William Faulkner. Using the words ?race? and ?black? yielded the most new sources, many of which are locally available, and it produced several new LC classifications. Unfortunately, many of the books that appeared in this search were not specifically applicable to my topic. There was a lot of overlap in terms of materials housed at UNC, Duke, and NCCU, but NCCU has one book with a title that addresses my topic and cannot be found at NCSU. Through my WorldCat search, I found five books and one useful article that did not match my search results at the local universities. One of the difficulties of my search is that there are hundreds of books that analyze race in American literature and may refer briefly to Faulkner, but fail to provide a thorough analysis of race in his work. Moreover, there is an abundance of published criticism on Faulkner?s characters, most of which is completely irrelevant to my topic. Thus, I will most likely be searching through a lot of unrelated material in order to find applicable sources.

  18. Tom Sowders

    Keyword variations:
    George Bush speeches
    George W. Bush speeches
    George Walker Bush speeches
    George Bush and frontier
    George Bush and frontier
    George Bush and fronter
    Gorge Bush
    George Bush and Western
    Sadly, the only hit for the misspelling Gorge Bush in our library system was a book about landscaping. The other misspelling I tried, “George Bushe,” yielded some books by someone named George Bushe. I guess it would be hard to misspell our president’s name so oh well.
    I had much more success with our library searching “George Bush and frontier” than UNC or Duke. Adding “W” or “Walker” into the key words only had the effect of narrowing the results, so, and this should have been blaringly obvious, “George Bush” is the way to search for W. For “George Bush speeches,” UNC had less results overall but many more relevant hits than our library. Duke had better results than NCSU, too, and some very interesting video recordings popped up. This is great.
    WorldCat is bad as hell. All kinds of dope results were popping up that I would have to drive at least an hour to get my hands on. I can see it now: doing 80 down 40, windows down, something like Explosions in the Sky on the iPod, or Chamillionaire. Chamillionaire! WorldCat seems to me to be the best way to find the money hits. Unfortunately, again, nothing relevant came up when I searched “Gorge Bush.”
    Of all of the above variations, “George Bush speeches” was the most fruitful. UNC and Duke had better results than NCSU, though it was beneficial to consider the results from all the libraries. WorldCat, by far, yielded the most potentially useful results.

  19. Laura Robinson

    The European Library
    British Library
    Helen Maria Williams ? 125
    Helen Marie Williams ? 1 (unrelated)
    Helen M. Williams ? 43 (mostly unrelated)
    Female travel writer – 0
    Travel writer ? 243
    French Revolution and Williams ? 39 (overall productive)
    Duke
    Helen Maria Williams ? 71 (many related)
    Helen Marie Williams ? 2 (unrelated)
    Helen M. Williams ? 46 (mostly unrelated)
    Female travel writer – 1
    Travel Writer – 93
    French Revolution and Williams -47 (many leads)
    WorldCat
    Helen Maria Williams ? 465 (need to sort these better!)
    Helen Marie Williams ? 85
    Helen M. Williams ? 596 (mostly unrelated)
    Female Travel writer ? 17
    Travel writer ? 4,074 (obviously too broad!)
    French Revolution and Williams ? 239 (many unrelated)
    UNC Chapel Hill
    Helen Maria Williams ? 82 (many positive leads)
    Helen Marie Williams ? 7 (unrelated)
    Helen M Williams ? 56 (mostly unrelated)
    Female travel writer ? 4 (unrelated, but interesting!)
    Travel writer ? (unrelated, but may have interesting crossover information)
    French Revolution and Williams ? 37 (some leads)
    I enjoyed using the different catalogs, especially because I am interested in what resources may be available overseas. Since I am planning to write on Helen Maria Williams as a thesis project, I am interested in finding a variety of research currently published on her. I will be specifically examining her “revolutionary methods” of travel writing – related to the representation of her characters’ faces, but it is helpful to find various sources with current scholarship.
    I plan to go back to these databases to continue searching, as I think it will reveal more than I previously realized was published on Williams. In the meantime, I have to sort through Helen Maria Williams – the scientist – who likes to pop up in all my searches!
    I did not have any succes with misspellings or with changing the name to first/last or first/mi/last, so it seems that “Helen Maria Williams” is truly found by her name.
    (You will also find my entry posted under Tuesday – I originally clicked on the wrong class!)

  20. Sowmya Bharadwaj

    Theme: English for specific purposes
    Keyword: English for specific purposes
    NCSU: 16
    UNC CH: 13
    Duke: 2
    Open Worldcat: 179
    Worldcat database: 188
    Keyword: Teaching English for specific purposes
    NCSU: 13
    UNC CH: 1
    Duke: 4
    Open Worldcat: 107
    Worldcat database: 119
    Keyword: English for specific audiences
    NCSU: 4 (2 vaguely connected)
    UNC CH: 0
    Duke: 0
    Open Worldcat: 3
    Worldcat Database: 3
    Keyword: English for specific areas
    NCSU: 2
    UNC CH: 1
    Duke: 0
    Open Worldcat: 0
    Worldcat Database: 0
    Keyword: Teaching English Composition for specific fields
    NCSU: 2
    UNC CH: 0
    Duke: 0
    Open Worldcat: 0
    Worldcat Database: 0
    Searching the catalogs with the exact phrase of my topic gave me the most relevant results. When I added ‘teaching’ to the phrase, I got fewer results that were mostly repetitive of the first search. Trying to alter the phrase with synonyms did not help as I got very few pertinent documents or none at all in most of the cases.
    Since Open Worldcat thrrough the NCSU library search was showing results in Google, I tried searching directly at http://www.worldcatlibraries.org and it showed significantly more results that were relevant.