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American Lit- Book Find & Research Help
AmLit Fun Fact:

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To the Editor:

Russell Baker (column, Feb. 17) laments that the cover of "Moby Dick" "bore the name of an unknown scribbler named Melville, and it didn't sell beans."

Herman Melville's first two books sold so well that his wedding had to be moved to escape celebrity seekers. Readers did buy "Moby Dick," but most threw it down unfinished when they found it less fun than "Typee" and "Omoo." Forty years later, your newspaper in a tiny obituary identified Melville as author of "Typee."

Melville courted failure by writing a great book. His income and reputation never recovered. If Joan Collins managed to write a book as great as "Moby Dick," would Random House have found it unprintable? Too dense, you know.

RICHARD DOENGES Fairfield, Conn., Feb. 19, 1996

Source Citation   (MLA 8th Edition)
"Melville the Celebrity." New York Times, 20 Feb. 1996. Student Resources In Context Accessed 1 Oct. 2018.


Some helpful links to help you find American Literature books and Research Help

Find a book .... click to search:

- Mayo HS Library Catalog (part of SELCO)

- SELCO "All Libraries" Catalog (searches around 80 regional libraries)

 - Rochester Public Library (downtown Rochester)

 - MNLink Gateway (search all of MN's libraries)

- Search the world's largest library catalog with World Cat. 

Stream lots of "classic" or "modern" e-audio books at
Use a device and the mackinvia app. Apple  or  android to download the audio book.
Select: Mayo HS, + your student id + current school password

So Old It's Free? / Books and AudioBooks in the Public Domain

Find free "text" or "print" books at  Project Gutenberg 
Find free public domain audiobooks at Librivox 

Research Help:  email Mr. Hunter at:

When doing research, keep in the back of your mind the question "is what I'm finding really true?"  Look for primary data - things that happened at the time --
photos - interviews - news reports - videos - numerical data to help you know it's true.

Starter Encyclopedia/ (overviews):
 Britannica School 
    - Great for general research.  
   Pick your level of information to start. - Fairly Reliable .com site for biographies

Periods of American Literature from


A free "Scholarly" Database from ELM - Ebsco Academic Search Premiere
Thousands of scholarly publications across all academic disciplines. Included in Explora Library database.

Even Bigger?  Ebsco Megafile (from ELM)  - The other Mega
EBSCO MegaFILE Thousands of popular and scholarly publications across all academic disciplines and subject areas. Includes Academic Search Premier, MasterFILE Premier, Business Source Premier, and Regional Business News databases.

Gale: Expanded Academic ASAP (from ELM)
Thousands of scholarly publications across all academic disciplines.

Explora Library Full text of popular magazine and scholarly journal articles covering all subject areas including multimedia, primary source documents, and reference books. Includes Academic Search Premier, Business Source Premier, MasterFILE Premier, Consumer Health Complete, Health Source - Consumer Edition, and Science Reference Center databases.

OCLC ArticleFirst 
Directory of articles from thousands of journals.

OCLC Electronic Collections Online A&I 
Directory of articles from thousands of journals.

OCLC PapersFirst Directory of papers presented at conferences worldwide. 

OCLC WorldCat Dissertations and Theses Directory of dissertations and theses in library catalogs

Gale World History In Context (Database that has some biographies in it.)

For Technical / Stronger web searches:
Google Scholar - Find something great? Without access?  
Request it through MNLink

Super Technical Academic Sites - Academic Journal Search
For really high levels of research, special case usage, may or may not be helpful.

Google Scholar - Search academic journal articles and patents 

Microsoft Academic - Search for academic articles from a variety of sources. 

  Refseek - Academic search engine for students and researchers. Locates relevant academic search results from web pages, books, encyclopedias, and journals. 

 JURN - Search millions of free academic articles, chapters and theses. 

OTHER / Idea Generators / Not Vetted:

U of M Library - Language Research Starter Page (idea place/most links are blocked)

Find a Canadian Thesis 

Library of Southern Literature (UNC)

Randomly found for ideas not vetted:
American Lit. Movement Timeline

- Another AmLit list up to 1920's

- Literature LibGuide from MIT

- GoodReads TOP American Authors List 

- Wikipedia's List of American Novelists

- Timeline that Includes the Beat Generation

- Your author is verymuch like ?????? Find out on the literature map.

Finally... Can you watch your book?
Check to see if your book has become a play or a movie here.

Good luck on your projects!

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