ENG 101: English Composition I

Professor Karami

Ernest Hemingway

This guide is designed to help you research The Old Man and the Sea. It includes an index of scholarly sources that should be used. Included in the list are websites and search engines that will be helpful in your research. If you have any trouble finding these sources, please ask a librarian for help. Good Luck! Any comments or suggestions are welcome!

  • RCC Library Home Page: Most materials found in this research guide are available at the library's home page.
  • whoag@rcc.mass.edu : Please contact me if you have any questions concerning this guide or research.



The on-line catalog provides access to the Library's collection of approximately 40,000 books, periodicals and audio-visual titles. These resources may be used to find information for assignments or general interest.
Tutorial for searching catalog and ordering books from Metro Boston Library Network (includes Boston Public Library)

Good Search Terms to use: words or phrase

  • The Old Man and the Sea
  • Ernest Hemingway
  • Literary criticism and The Old Man and the Sea


Ernest Hemingway: PS3515.E37 Z58655 2005

Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea: PS3515.E37 O528 1999

Reference Books

Critical companion to Ernest Hemingway : a literary reference to his life and work, New York, NY : Facts On File, 2007. REF. PS3515.E37 Z7484 2007

Ernest Hemingway : a reference guide, Boston : G. K. Hall, c1977. REF. Z8396.3 .W33

Electronic Books

The library has recently added 20,000 online books from the vendor Ebrary. This is the “community college” collection, of interest to students and faculty at 2-year colleges. All books are simultaneously available to all RCC users. There are several ebooks about The Old Man and the Sea as well as:

A historical guide to Ernest Hemingway [electronic resource]
New York : Oxford University Press, 2000.

Ernest Hemingway [electronic resource] : machismo and masochism
Houndmills, Basingstoke, Hampshire ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, c2005.


Browse these paper journals and magazines in the library's first floor periodicals section for articles about The Old Man and the Sea
  • Contemporary Literature
  • Use databases to find articles on Old Man and the Sea.


Literary Reference Center

Literature Resource Center provides biographaphical essays, literary criticism, summary plot.
Literary Reference Center™ is a comprehensive database that provides users with a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. This is the best place to start. Over 240 articles on the The Old Man and the Sea.

Literature Resource Center

Literature Resource Center provides biographaphical essays, literary criticism, summary plot.Over 100 articles on the The Old Man and the Sea.

Contemporary Literary Criticism

CLC is an extensive collection of critical essays on contemporary authors. 6 articles on the The Old Man and the Sea and dozens more on Ernest Hemingway.

Biography Resource Center

This database contains more than 400,000 biographies. Good place to find information about Ernest Hemingway.

Academic Search Premier

Provides full text for more than 3,800 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study including over 84 articles on The Old Man and the Sea

Streaming Videos

Full length and segment videos from Films On Demand.

Films On Demand

Ernest Hemingway: Rivers to the Sea (90:00)

Web sites

These web sites have been evaluated by library staff. Remember to always evaluate internet resources. To find out more about evaluating web sites, Lesley University has a very good guide.

Search Engines

Web sites

PAL: Perspectives in American Literature
Voice of the Shuttle: (Literature in English)

Ernest Hemingway
Ernest Hemingway In His Time
Timless Hemingway

Citing Sources: Style Guides

APA Style Tutorial
Duke Library Guide to Assembling a List of Works Cited
Laguardia Community College Library MLA and APA citation styleThe Owl at Purdue: APA Formatting and Style GuideThe Owl at Purdue: MLA 2009 Formatting and Style Guide

Basic Research Help

Please click the Ask a Librarian icon if you have any questions concerning these guides, need help finding material for your research or any general questions you might have.

General Library Information

Research guide prepared on 11/03/10 by Wiliam Hoag: whoag@rcc.mass.edu