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TED 3396 Secondary English Education Practicum I: Author & Lit Info

Information on what resources you and your students will have access to for reliable information on authors, poets, literary criticism, and related topics. How to conduct literary research.

Resources Available While at Baylor

The items listed here will be available to you while you are a student or teacher of record at Baylor University. 

This is a only a selection of the resources we have available. Please contact either Pete or Eileen to inquire about other possible tools to help you.

TEXSHARE - Any Texas Library - Teachers & Students

These databases provided by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, should be available at any high school or public library in Texas and will provide excellent research sources for you and your students. If you wind up teaching in a state other than Texas, check with the school librarian. Many states now have these sorts of state-wide access agreements to valuable research tools.

These databases provide reliable and scholarly information that will help your students grasp the language of literary research and the techniques of writing literary criticism. Some of these sources are like encyclopedias with essays on authors, literary movements, and critical theory; others will lead you and your students to scholarly journal articles, books, or book chapters.

To help your students learn how to tell books, book chapters, and journal articles apart from one another in a citation format, please look at the first page of the guide "How to Read a Citation."

Dust Jackets for "Their Eyes Were Watching God"

Univ. of Illinois Press, 1998

HarperPerennial, 1999

HarperPerennial, 1998

Your Local Public Library

Why you should use the local public library (wherever "local" takes you):

  1. It is a go-to resource for your future students. Get to know what's available and get to know the librarians. Be kind and share your assignments with them so they can better help your students.
  2. Public libraries make funding pitches to their city and county governments based on use stats. If you want good resources for your future students, patronize your local library.
  3. The young adult/teen services librarian can be a great help in identifying "read-alike" books, books for reluctant or below-grade readers that will appeal to them, and can suggest connections between literature and other teen interests that can make your class more interesting.
  4. You are teaching about literature in books. Literature in books (or on audio or in film) live in libraries. Ergo, you go to the library. :-) Please.

While you are a student at Baylor, you should get a library card from the Waco McLennan County Public Library. There are three branches all within a 3 mile radius of campus:

University Libraries

One Bear Place #97148
Waco, TX 76798-7148

(254) 710-6702