Internet Materials for Rhetoric's Methodologies

This page bookmarks sites used in "Rhetoric's Methodologies" (English 680, Fall 2012). Widely proclaimed as both pluralistic and klepto-leaning, methodology has been a rare topic among those who study, research, publish, and teach in Rhetoric, Composition, and Writing Studies. When it surfaces though, the discussions often are heated. After providing connections to the live work of the course (collaborative bibs in Zotero, my developmental links in delicious, and databases available to Purdue students through the University Libraries), the page focuses on bookmarking open access aids to scholarship that can be found online.

This resourse list started as a conventional course bibliography, alert to the multidisciplinary dimensions of rhetoric's methodology.

Part 1: Day-to-Day Links

Past (and future) collaborative bibliographies are available at Zotero and my developmental links are at Delicious:

Part 2: other sources

[historical research sources, bibliographies, case clearinghouses, etc.]

Purdue Libraries

The course also makes used of proprietary databases via the Purdue University Libraries Useful for-pay journals (many are gathered online in JSTOR) and those include Rhetorica, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Rhetoric Review, Quarterly Journal of Speech, History and Theory,College English, College Composition and Communication, Eighteenth Century Studies, Philosophy and Rhetoric, History of Education Quarterly/History of Education Quarterly, just to name a few.

Ebook Databases

The library also employs a range of ebook solutions. It's important to be alert to this collection of providers (which probably will be folded into a single interface at some time) because once you get to their interfaces (and sometimes there is not a particularly direct route), you have different approaches to bookmarking, displaying text, searching, printing, and so on.


Databases Supporting Historical Work

Important for-pay databases for historical work [links will ask Purdue students to login and not work for others]:
  • EEBO (Early English Books Online) includes "digital facsimiles images of the pages of virtually every work printed in England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and British North America and works in English printed elsewhere from 1473-1700 - from the first book printed in English by William Caxton, through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare and the tumult of the English Civil War."

  • ECCO (Eighteenth Century Collections Online) "offers full-text searchable facsimile pages of approximately 150,000 English-language and foreign-language books published in Britain and its colonies (including N. America) during the 18th century."

  • British Newspapers, 1600-1900 (Gale): includes the 17-18th century Burney collection and the 19th century British Library newspapers.

  • Early American Imprints Series I: "Full-text archive of nearly 37,000 early American publications based on Charles Evans' American Bibliography of all books, pamphlets, and periodical publications printed in the U.S. from the genesis of printing in 1639 down to the year 1800."

  • American Periodicals Series (Proquest): "Over 1,240 American magazines and journals that began publishing between 1740 and 1900, including general magazines, literary and professional journals, and other historically-significant periodicals. For periodicals that continued into the 20th c., the cut-off date is 1940."

  • Accessible Archives: an eclectic collection of digitized historical sources about American history. Includes a Civil War collection (period books, magazines, and newspapers), African American newspapers (1836-1902), and other sources.

  • America's Historical Newspapers: "Fully searchable runs of 215 newspapers from 27 states and the District of Columbia from 1741-1922."

  • Women and Social Movements:resource for students and scholars of U.S. history and U.S. women's history. Organized around the history of women in social movements in the U.S. between 1600 and 2000.

  • Oxford English Dictionary (OED)