To access the online articles and e-books from the library databases, you need to have your account activated. To activate your account from home:
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org. Provide your First and Last name, EmplID, and your barcode, which is the entire 16-digit number on the back of your Hostos ID
Call - Circulation Desk at 718-518-4222. Provide your First and Last name, EmplID, and your barcode, which is the entire 16-digit number on the back of your Hostos ID
**Please allow 24 hours for activation.
Logon to access library resources
When prompted to login, use your barcode, the entire 16-digit number on the back of your Hostos ID; this is both your username and password.
Reference articles - please see the video above for more information on what a reference article is and how it can help you!
Here are two different ways to find reference articles.
1. Using a reference article-only database
Find it on the library homepage, for example:
Search with your keywords, and select an article from your results.
2. Use OneSearch to find reference articles
In OneSearch, to limit your results to reference articles, use the "resource type" filter on the right and select "Reference Resources".
PLEASE NOTE: this list is arranged A-Z. If you don't see the words "Reference Resources" you need to click on "show more" to see the whole list.
To read an e-book, click on "full text available" from the results view:
Once you get to the book, take a look at the information before you.
Once you click on "read online", you'll see something like this (all publishers are different, so yours may look slightly different). You can pick a chapter, or do a word search.
You can find a database (collection of publications) that only collects publications about literature, by
(1) Clicking the "database" tab;
(2) Clicking on the "A-Z list of databases" link
(2) In the A-Z list, under "Subject", find English & Literature:
You will see several databases listed, including some "best bets":
Once you are in a literature database, conduct your search using your keywords. You know your keywords will include Toni Morrison and Song of Solomon.
Depending on which character you've chosen, it may or may not help to add your character's name as keywords.
Please note that you will have choices about the kinds of articles you want to look at:
* magazine articles, work overviews, and reviews will usually be easier to read than articles of literary criticism, but they will also usually be less detailed.
You can use Google (or another search engine) for this assignment. However, please note:
* You should not pick an article from a site like Cliffs Notes, Spark Notes, Shmoop, Study.com or other sites that post ready-made summaries of the novel. This bibliography is the chance for you to do original thinking, and to make your own connections between ideas in the book and the book.
* For each website you find, think about the six questions in the handout/worksheet below - they are questions that will help you evaluate how much you want to trust each site.