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Literary Research and the Literatures of Australia and New Zealand

Strategies and Sources

H. Faye Christenberry and Angela Courtney

Literary Research and the Literatures of Australia and New Zealand: Strategies and Sources is a research guide to the literatures of the two major countries of Oceania: Australia and New Zealand. Covering over 200 years of these geographically and chronologically connected countries, this guide contains references to many different types of resources, illustrating how the researcher is best served by using the increasing variety of research tools in combination with each other.

The book emphasizes research methodology and outlines the best practices for the research process, paying special attention to the unique challenges inherent in conducting research on the literatures of Australia and New Zealand specifically. The book includes commentary on general literary reference materials; library catalogs; print and online bibliographies, indexes, and annual reviews; scholarly journals; contemporary reviews; period journals and newspapers; microform and digital collections; manuscripts and archives; and web resources. It is an essential tool for anyone conducting research on Australia or New Zealand, and it is a helpful guide for readers with a special interest in these countries' literatures.
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Scarecrow Press
Pages: 280Size: 6 x 9 1/4
978-0-8108-6749-9 • Paperback • November 2010 • $58.00 • (£39.95)
978-0-8108-7745-0 • eBook • November 2010 • $55.00 • (£37.95)
H. Faye Christenberry is the English studies librarian in the Suzzallo Library at the University of Washington.

Angela Courtney is the librarian for English and American literature, theatre, film studies, and philosophy at Indiana University, Bloomington. She also teaches in the Indiana University School of Library and Information Science.
An indispensable guide for both novice and frustrated literary scholars....One-stop shopping for best-practices advice and significant source leads.
Library Journal

Describing fully the uses of kinds of reference tools, providing illuminating examples in discussions of key individual resources, detailing techniques for finding kinds of information (including strategies for those without access to key resources such as AustLit [R4463]), illustrating research processes, and perpetuating the high standards reflected by the other volumes in the series, Literary Research and the Literary Research and the Literatures of Australia and New Zealand is the essential starting point for anyone working with literatures of the two countries.
Literary Research Guide

Christenberry and Courtney are unabashed enthusiasts for ‘the rich and diverse body of creative works emanating from Australia and New Zealand’, and they have produced a wide-ranging, systematic introduction to research strategies and information sources, packed with intelligent practical advice on avoiding or overcoming likely pitfalls…. Christenberry and Courtney display a deep knowledge of print and online resources, and archival institutions (both within Australia and New Zealand, and elsewhere) with relevant collection strengths. They are up-to-date enough to give good accounts of the possibilities opened up by Trove, in particular in searching for newspapers and for archival and pictorial resources. The first two pages of Chapter 6 (Literary Reviews) locate the historical contexts of Australian and New Zealand writing and publishing with enviable precision and concision…. All in all this book is an impressively comprehensive and well-informed guide.

Australian Library Journal