Approach this research process is multiple steps:
Begin with books and encyclopedic material to gain a general, academic understanding of your topic and the issues therein. Use keywords and subject terms: "heroes" and "villain" produced very robust results.
- Use the Research Guide prepared for this topic (whether Fries is your professor it doesn't matter, use the guide to get an overall picture of Best Bet library resources).
- Gale Virtual Reference Library (click the link into the A-Z Database link provided, or navigate to the research guide), SIRS and Salem Press are all encyclopedia articles that you may use.
- The Library Catalog and look for books.
- Finally, for academic journals, navigate to EBSCO (Academic Search Premiere) or Academic One File databases, and try combining keywords and subject terms. For example: hero AND underdog, or villain AND evil ...you get the point.
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