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ENGL 4320G The Rise of the Professional Woman Author

The Rise of the Professional Woman Author

Finding Background Information

Go to the biographical database, Orlando.

a.)  Find the names of female writers, living between 1700 and 1800, who also worked as house keepers. How did you find this information?

b.)  Select a writer from your search in 1.a).  Go to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.  Can you find information about your selected author?

c.)  Does Western Libraries have any primary sources (poetry, prose, journals, letters, etc.) by this particular writer?  Check the catalogue.

Finding Primary Resources

a.)  How was the word "consumption" used in the eighteenth century?  Go to the library homepage and click on the DATABASES tab.  Find the Oxford English Dictionary (OED Online).

b.)  Find historic sources relating to shopping and consumption in the Eighteenth Century using one of the following tools:

British and Irish Women's Letters and Diaries from 1500-1900

Defining Gender 1450-1910

Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO)

Eighteenth Century Journals

b.)  Answer the questions provided on the rubric.   Select a source (newspaper article, journal entry, poem, etc.) and outline your search process to the class.

Annotated Bibliographies

See Western Libraries' tutorial on annotated bibliographies: 

Finding Scholarly Resources

Working individually, find articles about shopping and consumption in the Eighteenth Century, using one of the following databases:

MLA International Bibliography

Literature Online (LION)

Bibliography of British and Irish History

Humanities Abstracts

Use the provided rubric in order to guide your research process.



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