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LIT 309 (Sargent)

A guide to resources for the MLK Research Essay Assignment.

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Rachel McMullin
F.H. Green Library, Room 209

Books from the assignment list

Remember that at least 3 of your sources need to come from this list!

Ebooks from the list

Please download individual chapters or use the read online.  Do not use the "download full book" for offline reading.  It will prompt you to 'check out' the book for 7 or 14 days.  If you this, you may be blocking others from access the book doing that time period.

Print books from the list

Spring 2020: The library does have a limited ability to scan chapters from these books to send to you, but you need to be able to identify a particular chapter either by title or page numbers.  We usually won't be able to do more than one chapter per book, because of copyright issues.  It may also take several days to get the requested chapter, as we only have staff entering the building two days per week to scan. 

To make a request to get a chapter scanned:

  • Click the title of a book and scroll down to find the table of contents (note that this will not be available for all books)
  • Submit it as a chapter request via ILLiad.
    • In ILLiad, provide as much information as you can, but especially both the book title and chapter title.  The call number of the book or the permalink to the catalog record would also be very helpful.
    • In the note field, indicate that it is a book on our WCU print collection.

Additional online resources

More ebooks

We have even more ebooks about Dr. King.  Here is a link to a catalog search I set up that is already limited to online books.

Before you start searching-- take a moment to lock the 2 limiters I set into place (so they don't come undone).  Find them at the top of the left-hand column.  Hover over each until each until the padlock icon appears, then click it.  When you are done, both should show a closed blue padlock.

Once you have locked the limiters, you can adjust the search terms in the search box to better match your particular topic.

Databases for scholarly journal articles

Neither of the databases listed below has full text of every article.  If you don't see a PDF icon, look for a link that says "check availability."  It may be able to link you to the article in another database.  If we don't have access to an article, you can request a copy through our Interlibrary Loan service.

Interlibrary Loan

When searching the library's databases, you may find articles you want that we do not have access to.  You can get them for free through a service called interlibrary loan, and it usually only takes one or two days. 

From a database:

1.  Instead of a link to a PDF below the article, you will see a link called check availability.

2.  If we have the full text,the page that opens will provide a link under the "View It" heading. 

3.  If we don't own the full text, you can access our interlibrary loan system for articles, called ILLiad, by logging into the system using your WCU email address and password.  Look for the link on the yellow bar in the middle of the page.

4. Once you log in, you will see the link to go to ILLiad.

5. If it is your first time logging into the system, it may ask you some questions about your delivery preferences.

6. The system will try to fill in the required blanks with the relevant information about the article.  Double check to make sure that all the required blanks are filled.  If not, go back to the tab with the article info to cut and paste the other required info.


From Library Search:

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