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Keywords: In Mrs. Dalloway, how do Clarissa Dalloway and Septimus Smith challenge traditional gender roles and Victorian social norms, and how does this conflict shape their identities?

  1. Mrs. Dalloway = 3,400 results, but includes articles, films and non-book sources.
  2. Under Type of Resource, checkmark Books = 1400 results.
  3. Add a critical keyword from our topic, gender = 171 results. 
  4. Question: Why does this book show up? Romanticism, gender, and violence : Blake to George Sodini 
  5. Contents, Search Within: "gender roles," Cite, Permalink.
  6. Print book: Virginia Woolf Against Empire. Use the Call Number Map to locate it. 

Sometimes a broader browsing approach, by searching Mrs. Dalloway criticism, can be more effective. 

Evaluating books

When you consider using a book as a supporting source, ask yourself the following questions to help you assess what type of publication you are reading:

  • Who is the intended audience?
  • What authority does the author have to write on the topic covered? Is the author a freelance writer? A practitioner? A scholar?
  • What is the author's point of view (or of the publisher as a whole)?
  • Who published the material and why are they publishing this information?
  • Does the type of information provided meet my research needs?
  • Is the information provided relevant to my topic or research question?
Popular  Substantive Scholarly

These books appeal to a non-scholarly readership.

  • Might include fiction or nonfiction.
  • Authors might include fiction writers, journalists, and scholars. 
  • generally do not include extensive references to sources used, particularly scholarly sources.
  • Example: New York Times best sellers are popular publications.

Offer more in-depth coverage of current and historical events than popular titles and

  • Targeted at audience who have no specialized training in an area but who want more depth than a popular publication can offer.
  • The authors can be a mix of journalists, people who work in a field, and academics.

Also known as academic, refereed, or peer-reviewed, these publications offer in-depth research for an academic audience.

  • Authors are researchers or scholars in the discipline. These books usually include a discussion of research methods, data, and full references to sources (footnotes or bibliography).
  • Books are written for other researchers and scholars and often published by university presses.
  • Usually the topics covered are very specialized and very specific.

Credit: Content adapted from Tuft University Library's Evaluating Books guide page.