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SPW 5806 Methods of Literary Research

Course guide for SPW 5806, Dr. Renee Silverman, Fall 2021

Going beyond FIU Resources

  • Use Illiad (Interlibrary Loan) to request a book, journal article, or book chapter not available at FIU. The first time you use Illiad you'll establish your personal Illiad account. Once you've logged into your Illiad account, click on the request screen type you need to fill out (books, articles, book chapters, etc.).
  • Remember to allow time to receive your request! Journal articles and book chapters are scanned electronically and can arrive quickly. Books take a bit longer to arrive by postal mail.
  • The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) in Chicago, Illinois is a library repository of shared materials that many academic libraries do not own. However, scholars at libraries that have CRL memberships are able to borrow CRL materials through their Interlibrary Loan service. The FIU Libraries have a CRL membership and therefore faculty and students can borrow CRL materials.
  • There are 2 ways to discover what CRL has available.
  • No. 1: The FIU Libraries catalog contains CRL catalog records. They appear together with your search results or go to the left side of the screen and find Subcollections. You can click on Center for Research Libraries to go to just those records. If you find an item you want to borrow, click on Request. That will take you to the Illiad page. Log in and you'll see the request information has been filled out. All you need to do is click on submit.
  • No. 2: Go to the Center for Research Libraries page. Click on Catalog Search Options and begin searching. If you identify material(s), you'd like to borrow, you'll then need to open your Illiad account and fill out the request form.
  • The loan period for CRL items is unlimited but subject to possible recall notice. In other words, you might use the material for only 3 weeks and then have it returned. You might have the material for 2 months and then receive word that it's been recalled and you'll need to return it. You might use the material for 6 months and return it.

Search the University of Miami Libraries' online catalog to determine if they have a book or journal you need. Keep a record of the title and call number to take with you. Doctoral students can apply for a borrowing card to use the UM Libraries; contact Genevieve Diamond, FIU Libraries Head of Access Services,  diamondg@fiu.edu, (305) 348-4741, and she can supply the form you need.

The UM Libraries feature the Cuban Heritage Collection, and their Special Collections Department will also have items of interest.

The Wolfsonian–Florida International University is a museum, library, and research center that uses objects to illustrate the persuasive power of art and design, to explore what it means to be modern, and to tell the story of social, historical, and technological changes that have transformed our world. The collections comprise approximately 120,000 objects from the period of 1885 to 1945—the height of the Industrial Revolution to the end of the Second World War—in a variety of media including furniture; industrial-design objects; works in glass, ceramics, and metal; rare books; periodicals; ephemera; works on paper; paintings; textiles; and medals.

The Wolfsonian maintains its own separate online catalog to discover what books and other rare materials it has.