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ENGL 1111: Narratives of Monstrosity: Home

Activity Time!

Step 1: Throughout the course, you've been considering the idea of "monstrosity," what we fear or find to be "monstrous," and how this relates to cultural anxieties and social exclusion. Consider the themes you've discussed in class, or subjects that come up in the material you're reading. What are some key words or phrases you might use to describe this content?

Step 2: Around the room, you'll find several library books on related themes. Take a few minutes to look through these books. What terms might you use to describe these sources? 

Enter your responses in the Padlet below: 


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Getting Oriented with Background Literature!

Tertiary sources are a useful place to begin your search and familiarize yourself with a research topic. These include encyclopedias, dictionaries, and other compilations or indexes of existing sources.

Subject Headings!

Below are links to some subject headings from the library catalogue that may lead you to additional relevant literature.

Other Useful Research Guides

There are numerous research guides available through the CUL website that you can use as a starting point for your research.

Literature Subject Guides across Disciplines

American Literary Magazines

Comparative Literature Guide (International Resources)

Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies (FGSS) Guide

Using the Library Catalogue

How do I locate a book or other resource through the library catalogue? 

Library website:

Here is a more detailed guide on using the catalogue and reading call numbers.

Classifications to know: 

P- Language and Literature

PR- English Literature

PS- American Literature

Streaming Sources

Cornell Libraries have access to a number of streaming services, as well as image databases to support visual research. 

Full list of streaming databases

Secondary Sources: Databases & Guides!

What are secondary sources? Secondary sources are documents or recordings of information originally presented elsewhere. 

Remember to draw in diverse sources and voices in your work: this can include scholarly material, blog posts, newspaper, magazine and zine articles, images and visual sources, and more! 

News/Popular Media Sources:

New York Times/NYT Online

The Student Assembly has purchased access for all Cornell undergraduates only: sign up for access at, faculty and staff in the Law School also have unlimited access

Citation Matters!

It's important to cite others' work ethically. As literary scholars, writers, and appreciators of literature, who you cite and how you give credit to other creators has the power to amplify their work and literary voice. Below are some useful concepts, tools, and resources to help you practice inclusive and ethical research!

The Chicago Style Guide is a great place to start if you need help formatting papers, understanding in-text citations and endnotes, and creating a reference list. 

ZoteroBib is a useful tool for generating bibliographies in your preferred citation style. You can enter information manually, or enter a URL to the resource to generate a citation.


Excelsior Online Writing Lab is an excellent resource to refer to for questions regarding citation style, in-text citations, footnotes and endnotes, or any formatting questions you may have. 

Cornell Libraries offer citation management resources and workshops.

Remember to consider citation justice as you create a reference list throughout your research. Citation justice is defined as: "The act of citing authors/sources based on identity to uplift marginalized voices with the knowledge that citation is used as a form of power in a patriarchal society based on white supremacy" (Coalter 2022).

In reviewing the references, artwork, and other sources you've compiled in your research, ask yourself:

Whose voices are represented?

Whose voices are missing? 


Hannah Toombs (she/her/hers)

Engaged Learning Librarian

Co-Liaison to Latin American Studies

Further Reading Recs!

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