Teaching Literary Research: Challenges in a Changing Environment (ACRL Publications in Librarianship #60)

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Teaching Literary Research: Challenges in a Changing Environment is a collection of essays that explores the relationship between information literacy and literary research. English professors and librarians provide perspectives on this relationship through presentations of best practices in teaching students from first year undergraduate through graduate levels.

Their work focuses on the significance of information literacy to the teaching of research methods in literary studies. This volume meets the need for an expanded exploration of best practices in teaching literary research to students at various levels, undergraduate through graduate, and in various areas of literary focus. "The book" continues to be of utmost importance to the disciplines of language and literary study, but networks, databases, and digital works all have an impact on the research process of the literary scholar. This collection of essays confronts these challenges and presents effective practices as experienced from both the teaching faculty and librarian points of view.

Teaching Literary Research is #60 in the ACRL Publications in Librarianship monographic series, an occasional series focusing on research projects of interest to the academic library community. For more information on how to publish a PIL book contact the ACRL PIL Editor, Craig Gibson at jgibson1@gmu.edu

Teaching Literary Research
Kathleen A. Johnson and Steven R. Harris

Part One: Students, Literature, and Information Literacy

Chapter 1: Information Literacy as Situated Literacy
Van E. Hillard

Chapter 2: "I Couldn't Find an Article That Answered My Question": Teaching the Construction of Meaning in Undergraduate Literary Research
John C. Bean and Nalini Iyer

Chapter 3: Literary Eavesdropping and the Socially Graceful Critic
Kate Koppelman

Chapter 4: The Printing Press and the Web: Modernists Teaching Postmodernists
Elizabeth M. Williams

Part Two: Literary Situations

Chapter 5: Researching Southwestern Literature: Challenges and Strategies
Kate Manuel

Chapter 6: Literary Research in a Bilingual Environment: Information Literacy as a Language-Learning Tool
Miriam Laskin and José Díaz

Chapter 7: Ways of Knowing: Integrating Folklore Studies, Composition and Information Literacy through a Learning Community
Vickery Lebbin and Kristin McAndrews

Chapter 8: The Changing Nature of the Book: Literary Research, Cultural Studies, and the Digital Age
Austin Booth and Laura Taddeo

Part Three: Literary Librarians

Chapter 9: Through the Eyes of Picasso: Literary Research from the Best of Both Worlds
Meg Meiman

Chapter 10: Libraries, Librarians, and the Resources of Literary Study
William A. Wortman

Chapter 11: Librarians Influencing the (Literature) Core Curriculum
Sheril J. Hook and Verónica Reyes-Escudero

Chapter 12: Training Librarians for Teaching Literary Research Methods
Helene C. Williams

Chapter 13: Work in Progress: An Assessment of the Literature of Literary Research Instruction, 1978-2003
Daniel Coffey

Chapter 14: Work in Progress: An Assessment of the Literature of Literary Research Instruction, 2002-2008
Kathleen A. Johnson

Research Competency Guidelines for Literatures in English, June 2007



Kathleen A. Johnson

Kathleen A. Johnson is Professor of Libraries, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (NE).

Steven R. Harris

Steven R. Harris is Director of Collections and Acquisitions Services, University of New Mexico Libraries (NM).