Try these sources for background information and a brief overview of key ideas related to your chosen topic.
Check out these books in print and/or online for further reading on your topic once you've gotten started.
Search available through the Transy library catalog. A Quick Search will bring you back any results with the keyword you chose. Books will bring back results that are both physical books and ebooks. An Articles search will show journal articles that Transylvania provides access to, and Videos will bring back just multimedia results.
Use broad reference materials to find out background information about your topic - this will help you narrow your future searches and will also give you keywords that will help you find the most relevant sources. Gale Virtual Reference (GVRL) or the Encyclopedia Britannica can be good places to start for that first step in research.
Here are some example searches on your class topic in the library catalog:
Using a bibliography to help you locate more sources is an efficient way to use research time.
In this course, students will explore the myriad functions of science fiction, beginning with its roots in the nineteenth century and tracing its development to the present. From the “soft” science fiction of Ursula Le Guin to the “hard” science fiction of Isaac Asimov, we will consider the ways in which this genre explains the past, reflects the present, and predicts the future. Students will be encouraged to analyze the texts from a variety of perspectives. In addition to a literary approach, individual research projects might consider how these texts engage the disciplinary questions of such fields as sociology, anthropology, biology, physics, and history, to name a few.