Eng 102: English Comp II

Prof. Patrick King
Instruction Librarian: Ted Intarabumrung


This guide is designed to help you research [insert class name] topics. 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!



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

  • "scarlet letter"
  • Literary criticism and "scarlet letter"

In Ebrary there are around 22 titles under criticism and interpretation, related to The Scarlet Letter and Nathaniel Hawthorne.

New Books


Nathaniel Hawthorne' s the Scarlet Letter: PS1868 .N38 2005

Reference Books

American Writers; a collection of literary biographies, New York, Scribner, 1974. Ref. PS129 .A55
Guide to American literature from its beginnings through Walt Whitman, New York : Barnes & Noble Books, 1976. Ref. PS92 .C33
The Oxford Companion to American Literature, New York : Oxford University Press, 1995. Ref. PS21 .H3 1995

Benét's Reader's Encyclopedia of American Literature, New York, NY : Harper Collins Publishers, 1991. Ref. PS21 .B46 1991
Continuum Encyclopedia of American Literature, New York : Continuum, 2000. Ref. PS21 .E53 2000


Browse these paper journals and magazines in the library's first floor periodicals section for articles about Scarlet Lette.


Access to millions of journal, magazine, newspaper and reference source articles through our research databases.
Academic Search Premier
Provides full text for more than 3,800 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study.

Literary Reference Center
Literary Reference Centerâ„¢ 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.

Contemporary Literary Criticism
Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world. The optional MLA International Bibliography module adds citations for hundreds of thousands of books, articles and dissertations from 1926 to the present, linked to full text where available.

BPL Literature Search Databases
Providing other databases of literary criticism. RCC library barcode may be used to access to these resources.

Web sites

There are many good web sites on the internet. 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

Citing Sources: Style Guides

APA Style TutorialDuke Library Guide to Assembling a List of Works CitedLaguardia Community College Library MLA and APA citation styleThe Owl at Purdue: APA Formatting and Style Guide
The 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 11-02-10 by Ted Intarabumrung: tintarabumrung@rcc.mass.edu