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LIT 220: Modern Chinese Literature in Translation

Prof. Zhu

What Are Secondary Sources?

For both papers in this class, you will be required to engage with both your primary text(s) and secondary sources.

What does this mean exactly?

Your primary texts are the literary translations you're engaging with in class. Example: Eileen Chang's Love in a Fallen City.

In this case, secondary sources are works that critically analyze and/or posit arguments concerning primary texts. Example: "Eileen Chang's Cross-Cultural Writing and Rewriting in Love in a Fallen City"

Mostly, you will find secondary sources in the form of academic articles. Academic articles are "findable" through the Library Catalog as well as directly through specific databases: like JStor and MLA International Bibliography.

Using the Library Catalog

The Library Catalog, accessible through the library's website at library.wlu.edu, serves as a portal to the library's books, ebooks, journals, and multimedia content.

To find only academic journal articles within the Library Catalog,

  1. conduct your search as you would normally,
  2. use the provided filters on the left side of the results screen to limit by Availability = "Peer Reviewed Journals" and Material Type = "Articles."

Recommended Databases

To find secondary sources, you can also go directly to library provided databases. Databases aggregate and make accessible content. Some databases are subject specific, like MLA International Bibliography, which indexes scholarship related to modern languages and literature. Some databases are very broad in scope: like JStor.

Interlibrary Loan

The Library can't own or subscribe to every piece of research ever created...that's why we have interlibrary loan!

If you need to use an article or book not in the library's collection, place an interlibrary loan request. The University Library can borrow materials from libraries across the globe.