- Tolkien Library Resources for ENG221
- Reserve materials
- Works of literary criticism
- Other Reference Sources
Your instructor has put many resources on reserve for this class. Reserve materials are at the Circulation desk in the Salem campus library. Go to items on reserve for ENG221 for a list of resources on reserve for this class.
The personal reserve copies (PC) can be checked out only on a Chemeketa ID and cannot be requested through the system to be sent to other libraries. Other copies of the same books, however, are available for request and checkout in the CCRLS or Summit systems. See
These materials talk about the theme, style, structure, and purpose of literary works. You can find the information in books or in journal articles.
The best place to start is probably:
- Literature Resource Center
- Includes more than 650,000 full-text articles, critical essays and reviews from over 300 scholarly journals and literary magazines. Also includes book reviews in the popular press. The default search is by author, or you can click "Title" to search for a particular work. After searching, click the "Literary Criticism" tab. There is a sub-tab for Articles. See picture below.
More information on how to use Literature Resource Center is available at Literature Resource Center: A Guide to the Basics.
See below for more information and a detailed map of Summit libraries.
In any catalog, you may have to do several searches to find books that might be pertinent to your subject.
If you live in the Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service (CCRLS) district, you may also access the catalog online at your local public library. In addition to the books in the Chemeketa College Library, the catalog also contains the collections of the 17 public libraries located in the regional library district. You can request books through the catalog, and can pass your search through to Summit (see below).
Chemeketa students registered for credit may use Summit, the Orbis Cascade Alliance catalog, to request items from 37 member libraries in Oregon, Washington, and now Idaho. Summit uses a search called WorldCat. Authorized users have access to all of the material in the Chemeketa Community College library, plus about 28 million items in Summit. Chemeketa users may request items using the barcode number from their ID card, and have them sent to Chemeketa, or they may set up a Visiting Patron account at another Alliance library.
- Summit: http://summit.orbiscascade.org/
- How to use Summit: http://library.chemeketa.edu/information/summit.php
- Requesting in Summit: http://library.chemeketa.edu/information/summit.php#requesting
- Libraries & Detailed Summit Map: https://www.orbiscascade.org/member/
Chemeketa has electronic books in its catalog. To see the ones relating to Tolkien, see Electronic books on Tolkien. When you click Connect To This Title, you will be asked for a user name and password. Use your My Chemeketa login.
Here a few additional essays appearing in e-books:
Shippey, Tom. "Tolkien, medievalism, and the philological tradition." Bells Chiming from the Past : Cultural and Linguistic Studies on Early English. Eds. Isabel Moskowich-Spiegel and Begoña Crespo-Garcia. New York: Rodopi, 2007. 265-279. Web. 14 Sept. 2012.
Literature Resource Center, described above, includes journal articles as well as material from books. Another source for articles is JSTOR:
JSTOR JSTOR is a digital archive of journal content. Chemeketa has the archive collections Arts & Sciences I and Arts & Sciences III, comprising about 400 journals. The collections are strong in the humanities.
How to Search for Articles in JSTOR:
Enter terms to describe the topic you are looking for. Use quotation marks to keep words together as a phrase as in "lord of the rings." Using the words AND, OR, and NOT between terms will narrow or broaden your search. You can also narrow your search by document type. For example, the search below uses the Advanced Search page limit results to articles,excluding book reviews.
The results list will include citations for articles that include the terms you searched for. The image below shows one of the citations found with the "lord of the rings" AND beowulf search. Clicking on the title of the article or the PDF link will display the full text for the article. Note that the green checkmark indicates the full text is available. In some cases only part of the text may be available or you may link to another site for the full text.
You can save or email the citation to yourself from the results screen. If you want to email the full text of the article, view the PDF, save the PDF file then attach the PDF file to an email and send.
- Available through Gale, Academic OneFile includes full text for thousands of scholarly periodicals covering a wide variety of topics including literature.
How to Search for Articles in Academic OneFile:
Gale Academic OneFile's advanced search displays a screen with multiple spaces for key words, as shown below. Try putting "Tolkien" on the first line and the title of the book on the second line. Then check off the boxes next to "Full text," and "Peer-reviewed journals." Click Search.
You can also Academic OneFile Subject Search. To do a subject search for information in the database, start Academic OneFile and click on the Subject Guide Search link in the toolbar banner.
- Type an author's name, last name first, in the space marked "Find Subject."
- Then click the Go button.
- Click on the name in the resulting list to see the articles, or click the Subdivisions link to see more specific aspects of the subject, such as "Criticism & interpretation."
When you click a subject, a list of articles will appear. If you wish, you can use the "Refine Results" sidebar to limit your search to full electronic text. An option is also available to add a word to your search or to limit results to peer-reviewed (i.e., scholarly) journals.
- "Narrative models in Tolkien's stories of Middle Earth" by J.A. Poveda. Journal of English Studies, 4 (2003-2004), 7-22.
- "The Mirror of Tolkien: The Natural World and Community in the Lord of the Rings", by A.M. Resta. Trumpeter 7.1 (1990), 2-11.
- "Un souvenir d'enfance de J. R. R. Tolkien" by F. Thibault. Belphegor 3.2 (2004),
- "Why is the only good Orc a dead Orc? The dark face of racism examined in Tolkien's world" by A. Rearick. Modern Fiction Studies, Modern Fiction Studies 50.4, 861-874.
- "Identifying England's Lönnrot", by Anne C. Petty. Tolkien Studies 1.1 (2004) 69-84.
- 'Oh…oh…Frodo!': Readings of male intimacy in The Lord of the Rings. Modern Fiction Studies 50.4 Z(2004), 949-979.
- On fairy stories by Valerie Rohy. MFS Modern Fiction Studies, 50.4, (2004), 927-948.
Three major journals are especially helpful for Tolkien studies. Chemeketa does not subscribe to these journals in print. If you would like an article from one of these journals that is not available in full text online, please contact the library for an Interlibrary Loan request. ILL requests are a free service. The three journals are:
- Mythlore: Available in full text from September 2002 to the present in Academic OneFile.
- Mallorn: Request articles through Interlibrary Loan.
- Tolkien Studies: An Annual Scholarly Review: Chemeketa has volumes II-VIII on ebrary Academic Complete. The Tolkien Studies publisher's website includes tables of content for most issues. These can be used to identify articles of interest to request by Interlibrary Loan, if ebrary does not have them.
- Internet Public Library Online Literary Criticism Collection - http://www.ipl.org/div/litcrit/
- This site has over 4,000 critical sites selected according to criteria of scholarship and serious critical analysis.
A good place to start with your research is the J.R.R. Tolkien Encyclopedia. It is a printed book located in the reference collection. Ten Summit libraries have this book.
These reference books and sites will explain specialized literary terms that may be found in works of criticism:
Some reference books at Chemeketa
|The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English||R 820.9 C14|
|The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms (also available in Oxford Reference Online)||R 803 C74|
|A Dictionary of Critical Theory||[Online]|
|A Glossary of Contemporary Literary Theory||R 801.95014 H31|
|A Multicultural Dictionary of Literary Terms||R 803 C18|
|A Handbook to Literature||R 803 H73|
|Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature (Also available online in Literature Resource Center Click Dictionaries)||R 803 M55|
|New Handbook of Literary Terms||[Online]|
|The Oxford Companion To English Literature (also available in Oxford Reference Online)||R 820.3 Ox2|
- The Forest of Rhetoric: Silva rhetoricae - http://humanities.byu.edu/rhetoric/
- A dictionary of figures of speech.
- U Vic Writers' Guide - http://web.uvic.ca/wguide/Pages/StartHere.html
- Click "index" for an alphabetical list of terms, or browse by categories
|Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia||REF 803 B43 1996|
|Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase And Fable||R 801.95014 H31|
|Brewer's Dictionary of Modern Phrase And Fable||[Online]|
|Dictionary of Celtic mythology (also available online)||REF 299.16 M19|
|Dictionary of English Folklore||[Online]|
|Handbook of Norse mythology||REF 293.13 L64|
|The lore of Ireland : an encyclopaedia of myth, legend and romance||REF 398.209415 Oh5|
|Norse mythology: a guide to the Gods, heroes, rituals, and beliefs||[online]|
|Oxford Reference Online has a number reference books on mythology and folklore||[online]|
Encyclopedia Mythica online covers Norse and Celtic mythologies, among others.
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Updated: 13 August 2014