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Some Search Terms for Reception and Production

Some search terms for production and reception

Tip:  We have lots of books related to reception and production issues.  Occasionally, the focus may be a single author, but more common are works on an aspect in a specific time period and country.  Real example from our catalog:  Author and printer in Victorian England.  Remember to use subject headings to find others!





book culture

literary culture





book production/book industry/book trade

book history

genre (or the name of a particular genre)

print culture


Databases for scholarly journal articles

MLA International Bibliography = main database for literary criticism scholarship
America History and Life = main database for American History scholarship (also history of Americas)
Historical Abstracts= main database for history scholarship of other parts of the world

Still need more secondary sources? 

Library search will pull from databases across many disciplines, but digging through its results can take a lot of time.  Starting your research in books and the databases above will usually save you time.

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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