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Travelogues: Home

English 1000

Welcome

For this paper, your instructor has asked you to to compose a travelogue on a country of your choice. This researched paper will be much more than just a collage of interesting facts; your task is to compare tourist information with firsthand journalistic accounts to make an argument about what tourism sells, masks, and promises about a particular destination.

Gathering Sources

To successfully complete the research for this paper, you will need to consult a variety of sources on your topic. Your instructor has provided you with a list. This Guide tells you how to locate sources of each type.

Sources

Three guidebooks about your country

Ellis Library's own collection of guidebooks is rather limited. However, because we are part of a library network, you definitely have plenty of guidebooks available to you. To get the best assortment of newly-published guidebooks, use the following strategy:

  1. Go to MERLIN and make sure the dropdown box is set to "ALL MERLIN" instead of just MU.
  2. Set the field search to "Subject (LC)" rather than "Keyword."
  3. In the text box, enter the name of your chosen country and the word guidebooks .
  4. If this search does not yield enough results, try it in the larger MOBIUS network, of which we are a part.
  5. If you find a suitable book in MOBIUS, click the link that allows you to request the book.

Brochures and/or films from at least two travel companies

Ellis Library has some travel brochures in the vertical files located in the northeast corner of the 1st floor. We don't have them for every foreign country, however. If you don't find what you need in the files, then consider writing to tourist organizations or obtaining them from a local travel agency.

Three written travelogues or travel journals (only one of which may be from an online source)

Three different strategies are provided below. The first way is probably the most effective way to find travel journals, but the second and third strategies will turn up usable results, too.

  • In the MERLIN library catalog, try entering s:"travel - india" (Of course, change "india" to whatever country you have selected.)
  • In the MERLIN library catalog, search the subject field for: India - Description and Travel
  • In the MERLIN library catalog, search the keyword field for: s:India and s:travel

One historical account of your country

In the MERLIN library catalog, search the subject field for: India - History

One fictional account of this country (a reference in a poem, story, novel, or play)

In the MERLIN library catalog, search the subject field for: India - Fiction

One article from the New York Times travel section which pertains to travel in your specific country or its general region

  • From the library's home page, click on "Find a Database" Select the "Newspapers" category
  • Click on Lexis Nexis Academic
  • Click the dark grey tab labelled "Guided News Search"
  • In the first drop-down box, select "General News"
  • In the second drop-down box, select "Major Papers"
  • In the first text box, type in the name of your country. If you wish, you can specify that the country name must appear in the article title.
  • In the second text box, type in the phrase "Travel Desk" and change the field to "Full text" (Do this by changing what is set in the drop-down box.) This will ensure that the resulting will be only from the paper's travel section.
  • Set the dates to your preferred time frame, for example "Previous two years."
  • Under "Search this publication title" type in New York Times
  • Click "Search"
  • Click on any article title to read the full text
  • Optional: email the article to yourself.

One article from the London Times pertaining in any way to your country

You can use Lexis Nexis Academic for this source too.

  • From the library's home page, click on "Find a Database"
  • Select the "Newspapers" category
  • Click on Lexis Nexis Academic
  • Click the dark grey tab labelled "Guided News Search"
  • In the first drop-down box, select "World News"
  • In the second drop-down box, select "European News Sources"
  • In the first text box, type in the name of your country. If you wish, you may specify that the country name must appear in the article title.
  • Set the dates to your preferred time frame, for example "Previous two years."
  • Under "Search this publication title" type in Times (London)
  • Click "Search"
  • Click on any article title to read the full text
  • Optional: email the article to yourself.

Three photographs, paintings, or films which depict your country

To find photographs printed in books, search MERLIN's subject field for: India - Pictorial Works

To find artworks depicting the country, search MERLIN's subject field for: India - Art .

Note that this subject heading will lead you to books about art from India, but not always depicting Indian scenes. You will have to leaf through the books until you find an image which fits the parameters of this assignment.

To find films depicting the country, use the MU Academic Support Center media catalog.

Note that rental charges at Academic Support are high. However they will let you watch any videos or films in a viewing room free of charge, as long as you call first to make an appointment, and you allow at least 24 hours lead time. Academic Support Center hours are 8am-5pm, Monday through Friday. Their telephone number is 882-3601.

Another way to find films depicting a country is to use the search box on the Internet Movie Database website. Be sure to set the field to "Plots" and then search for your country name.  

Citation guides

The MLA style manual is shelved behind Ellis Library's Reference Desk on the south side of the first floor. We also have a link list to style manuals online

Subject Librarian

Anne Barker
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(573)882-6324
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Instructor

Karen Laird

KarenLaird@mizzou.edu