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Literary Reportage: Orienting Yourself to a New Field

Additional Ideas

  • Faculty Members: Identify a faculty member working in your subject area and have a chat with them.  Faculty members working in a specific area will both be able to identify core resources as well as connect you with other scholars and alert you to the most recent research.
  • Readers: Search for a "reader;" readers typically reprint important articles within a specific subject area. To search for a reader, go to bobcat, and search for: reader.


How do you quickly orient yourself to a new field of study? How do you identify the core works and important players within a specific subject area? These sources help you to familiarize yourself with both the popular and academic literature within a specific field.

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Identifying Journals and Articles

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