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Research Quick Tips:

    • Books--they've revolutionized the world! Use them!
    • Googlebooks and eBooks---new modes of publication by using CNTRL+F you can locate keywords to locate passages on your topic.
    • Encyclopedia are for quick background information AND they should launch into finding sources through keywords and related terms to sources that you can cite to support claims in your research.


Books/Destiny Online Catalog
Locate books on your subject
    • Locate websites using Webpath Express
    • Locate databases using ONE SEARCH.
    • Find eBooks for Macbeth, the Iliads, etc.. and use Follet's Reader.
    • Allows you to create citations of the sources you find using Destiny Online Catalog's RESOURCE LIST feature!!!
    • See Heroes in Literature Resource List example.
    • Ask your librarian for a review if you forget how to use these features!
    • eBooks: Iliad and Macbeth are available as eBooks but require the Follet Reader. See librarian for assistance.

Databases

Databases are good resources for general reference information, literary criticism, primary sources and biographical information. Any source you find using a database will have a MLA citation attached to it (usually at the end of the article). Please check the MLA citation for accuracy.
GENERAL SOURCES: Needing an overview or background information on your heroes topic? Start here!
Encyclopedia Brittanica)
World Book Encyclopedia
WHOSE WHO SEARCH
Biography Resource Center - biographies

eLibrary
Gale Virtual Reference and
Student Resources in Context.
Biography Resource Center - biographies
Need literary criticism or articles on literary themes? Go to eLibrary and search eLibrary's: Special Collection - Literature for literary reference information.


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ProQuests---eLibrary
Search the Special Collection: Literature

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Web Resources


Is your hero in a book from antiquity?
Check out the following websites with books downloadable as eBooks, HTML, etc..
Has your hero been represented in works of art?
    • "Heroes in Art." . Art Institute of Chicago. Collection assembled by Grace Murray. 6 November 2010. http://www.artic.edu/aic/collections/node/11204. The Art Institute of Chicago's Education Resources has created a "collection" of Heroes in Art for you to use in your research project. [A virtual collection of original art online especially assembled by the Crown Resource Education Department for this project]
Has your hero's character been represented in a movie?
    • IMBD [Internet Movie Database]. http://www.imdb.com/Has your hero survived the test of time and made it into the movies for today's audiences?
Has your hero been part of a ballad, song or opera?
Need some general historical information about the historical era?
Check out the Internet History Sourcebooks created by Fordham University. Choose your era (Ancient, Medieval, Modern, Indian, Islamic, etc.) and use the index to find information.

Assignment Description
A hero is introduced in her**[1]** ordinary world, where she receives the call to adventure. She is reluctant at first but is encouraged by a wise elder to cross the first threshold, where she encounters tests and helpers. She reaches the innermost circle, where she endures the supreme test. She seizes the treasure and is pursued on the road back to her world. She is transformed by this experience, returning to her ordinary existence with a treasure to benefit humankind.
Does this story sound familiar? It should. It is the plot line to many stories you have grown up with: from The Iliad and The Odyssey to the Star Wars saga, from The Matrix to Ironman, from any Disney movie to any Harry Potter novel.

Essential Questions:

    1. How does literature reflect society’s vision of what is right and good?
    2. How does a society shape its heroes?
    3. How is the hero story indicative of the personal values of the time period?
    4. How does this heroic concept still affect us today?

Time period/Hero


Ancient India

Hero: Rama
    • History of this era leading up to the excerpt from Valmiki’s The Ramayana . Ramayan of Valmiki. Web. ["complete public domain translation of the Ramayana to be placed online].
    • Annotate and understand excerpt from Valmiki’s The Ramayana text pp. 240-251
    • Modern adaptation – Patel’s Ramayana: The Divine Loophole – see me for a copy
    • Music – Ravi Shankar
    • Connect to Dharma through “Lessons of the Indian Epics”
Database/Encyclopedia:Search World Book encyclopedia or an encyclopedia database for background information on heroes of India.

Database/eBooks:
    • Use Gale Virtual Reference to search for eBooks on your topic.
Web Resources
Interpretive work

Ancient Greece

Hero: Achilles
    • History of this era leading up to the excerpt from Homer’s The Iliad
    • Annotate and understand the excerpt from Homer’s The Iliad text pp. 66-8 [An eBook version is available through Destiny or download a through Project Gutenberg (Web source).
    • Poetry – Keats’s “Endymion”
    • Music – “Tales of Brave Ulysses” by Cream
    • Modern history – Schliemann’s discovery of Troy
    • Non-fiction – Shay’s Achilles in Vietnam – obtain copy from googlebooks.
    • Fiction – Atwood’s Penelopead – copies in library
Database/Encyclopedia: Search the World Book Encyclopedia-a subscription database available from your library.
Web Resources:

Ancient Rome

Hero: Aenaes
    • History of this era leading up to Virgil’s Aeneid (Aeneid.see Perseus Project. Tufts Univeristy. [http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus:text:1999.02.0054)
    • Annotate and understand the excerpt from Virgil’s Aeneid
    • Opera – Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas (1689).
    • Poetry – Tennyson’s, “Lotos-Eaters”
    • Non-fiction – Ch. 4 “Lotus Land: The Flight from Pain” from Shay, Clelland, and McCain’s Odysseus in America – obtain copy from googlebooks
    • Fiction – Dante’s Inferno (Virgil as guide) – see me for a copy
Database/Encyclopedia:Search the World Book Encyclopedia-a subscription database available from your library.

Databases/eBooks:
Web Resources:

Classical Rome

Hero: Jesus Christ
    • Historical record of Rome c. 30 AD leading up to New Testament Gospels
    • Annotate and understand the excerpts text pp. 435-441, and one gospel version of the Passion and Crucifixion
    • Modern adaptation/musical – Jesus Christ, Superstar (1973)
    • Social commentary – Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979)
    • Non-fiction – David Denby’s view of Jesus as a rebelling against Old Testament notions of tribal strength and a forceful, violent God – see me for a copy
Database/Encyclopedia:Search the World Book Encyclopedia-a subscription database available from your library.

Database/eBooks
    • Use Gale Virtual Reference to search for eBooks on your topic.

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Web Resources

“Dark Age” Anglo-Saxon Europe

Hero: Beowulf
    • History of era leading up to the excerpt from Beowulf text pp. 14-20
    • Annotate and understand excerpt from Beowulf text pp. 27-65
    • Modern performance – Ben Bagley’s stage version – YouTube it
    • Modern adaptation – Beowulf (2007Fiction – Gardner’s Grendel
Database/Encyclopedia: Search the World Book Encyclopedia-a subscription database available from your library.
Database
If the citation notes that it is an eLibrary article, then search the title in eLibrary as the hyperlink will not direct you to the title.
    • Saupe, Karen. "Beowulf goes Celtic." Fides et Historia 2(2001):97. eLibrary. Web. 15 Nov. 2010. Retrieved from http://elibrary.bigchalk.com
    • NAPIERKOWSKI, THOMAS. "Universal Hero." World & I. 01 Sep. 2000: 247. eLibrary. Web. 21 Nov. 2010. Retrieved from http://elibrary.bigchalk.com
eBooks
Web Resources

Medieval England

Heroes: Arthur and Gawain
    • History of era leading up to the short story, “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,” and the selection from Morte d’Arthur text pp. 22-26
    • Annotate and understand short story and selection in text pp. 208-239
    • Modern adaptation/musical – Camelot (1967)
    • Social commentary – Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
    • Modern adaptation – Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
    • Modern history – JFK and Camelot
Database/Encyclopedia: Search the World Book Encyclopedia-a subscription database available from your library.
Database/eBooks
Use Gale Virtual Reference to search for eBooks such as Arts and Humanties Through the Eras or World Eras.
Web Resources
The Boy's King Arthur. View illustration

Renaissance

Anti-Hero: Macbeth
Database/Encyclopedia: Search the World Book Encyclopedia-a subscription database available from your library.
Database/eBooks
Web Resources


[1] A hero is introduced in her ordinary world… please excuse the pronouns. Of course, a hero could be a man as well as a woman.