by Melissa Browne — August 11, 2021
by Melissa Browne — August 11, 2021

ENL 10C: Literatures in English III

by Melissa Browne – August 11, 2021

Use this guide to find two sources for your Essay 1 Assignment: Cane Critical Essay. For a complete list of research tools and services visit the UC Davis Library.

Melissa Browne

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In this Guide:

Consult these sources to learn more about Jean Toomer, his work, the Harlem Renaissance and the Modernist Movement.

African-American Writers

Excellent, comprehensive essay on Jean Toomer. See the ‘Secondary Works Biographical and Critical Studies’ section at the end of the essay for citations to additional sources.

Afro-American Writers from the Harlem Renaissance to 1940

Essay includes biographical information about Toomer’s life and analysis of Cane and Toomer’s other works.

The Harlem Renaissance


Shields Library Humanities/Social Sciences Reference PS153.N5 H245 2003 [Lib Use Only]

See the entry Jean Toomer. Includes a biographical/critical introduction, a complete bibliography of the author’s works and full-text reprinted criticism.

The Greenwood Encyclopedia of African American Literature


Shields Library Humanities/Social Sciences Reference PS153.N5 G73 2005 [Lib Use Only]

The Cambridge History of African American Literature


Shields Library PS153.N5 G685 2011 [Regular Loan]

African American Dramatists


Shields Library Humanities/Social Sciences Reference PS338.N4 A446 2004 [Lib Use Only]

SEARCH the Library Catalog to search for books available in/through the UC Davis Library

1. By Keyword

2. By Subject:

– Toomer, Jean, 1894-1967 – Cane

– Toomer, Jean 1894-1967 – Criticism and interpretation

– Toomer, Jean 1894-1967

1. Be sure you have the call number for any title you would like to find, e.g. PR2989 .B58 1998

2. Consult a Library Map to determine the location of the title

3. To check out a book, go to the Circulation Desk on the 1st floor of Shields Library.

Consider these criteria to determine if your sources are reputable:

Author:  Who produced the information? What can you find about the author’s credentials?

Accuracy:  Does the author cite references to support his/her thesis? Are the references also from scholarly and credible sources? How does the information compare to other sources you have found?

Timeframe: When was the source published? Is the information still relevant?

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