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.
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.
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:
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.
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
One article from the London Times pertaining in any way to your country
You can use Lexis Nexis Academic for this source too.
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.