ENG102: English Composition II

Professor Tua Nefer

Toni Morrison

This guide is designed to help you research The Bluest Eye 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!
  • 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

  • Toni Morrison
  • The Bluest Eye
  • Literary and The Bluest Eye



Toni Morrison and Motherhood: a politics of the heart: PS3563.O8749 Z79 2004


Toni Morrison: a critical companion: PS3563.O8749 Z75 1998


Bloom's how to write about Toni Morrison: PS3563.O8749 Z575 2008

Reference Books

The Toni Morrison Encyclopedia, Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2003. Ref. PS3563.O8749 Z913 2003


African American Writers, New York : Charles Scribner's Sons, 2001. Ref. PS153.N5 A344 2001
American Ethnic Writers, Hackensack, New Jersey : Salem Press, Inc, 2000. Ref. PS153.M56 A414 2000
American Writers: a collection of literary biographies, New York : Charles Scribner's Son's, 1981-. Ref. PS129 .A55
Contemporary Authors: A Bio-biographical Guide to Current Writers in Fiction, General Nonfiction, Poetry, Journalism, Drama, Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1962-. Ref. Z1224 .C58

Literary Criticism

African American Literary Criticism, 1773 to 2000, by Hazel Arnet Ervin, New York : Twayne Publishers, 1999.
Ref. PS153.N5 A33 1999
Black Literature Criticism: classic and emerging authors since 1950, Detroit : Gale Tresearch Co., 1992-. Ref. PS153.N5 N557 2008x
Critical Companion to Toni Morrison: a literary reference to her life and work, by Carmen Gillespie, New York : Facts On File, 2008. Ref. PS3563.O8749 Z653 2008

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.


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


Access to millions of journal, magazine, newspaper and reference source articles through our research databases.

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.

Literature Resource Center

Literature Resource Center provides biographaphical essays, literary criticism, summary plot.

Contemporary Literary Criticism

CLC is an extensive collection of critical essays on contemporary authors.

Biography Resource Center

This database contains more than 400,000 biographies on nearly 275,000 people gathered from over 90 reference sources . Good place to find information about Toni Morrison.

Academic Search Premier

Provides full text for more than 3,800 scholarly publications covering academic areas of study

BPL Literature Databases

Provides full text for articles published in scholarly journals. You can use your RCC library barcode for access.

Streaming Videos

Full length and segment videos from Films On Demand.

Films On Demand


Toni Morrison: A Writer's Work
52 Minutes
Toni Morrison exists in two worlds: the visible world, bustling around her, and the world of her novels, whose characters tell about an interior reality hidden from the eyes of strangers. In her work,...

Toni Morrison Uncensored
30 Minutes
In this compelling program, world-renowned author Toni Morrison candidly answers questions regarding how she became a writer, the pain of empathizing with her characters, the sensual nature of her nov...

Web sites

There are some 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 Universityhas a very good guide.

Search Engines

Web sites

Literary Resources on the Net
PAL: Perspectives in American Literature
Voice of the Shuttle: (Literature in English)

Toni Morrison
Anniina's Toni Morrison Page
Toni Morrison: Voices From the Gap

Citing Sources: Style Guides

APA Style Tutorial
Duke Library Guide to Assembling a List of Works CitedLaguardia 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 01/25/11by Wiliam Hoag: whoag@rcc.mass.edu