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ENGL 200-304: The Cultures of Dance, Film, and Movement

Background Resources

Background sources give you a broad overview of a topic and suggest possible ways to refine a topic. They also include bibliographies for further reading that can be valuable as you build a bibliography of sources to read and consult during your research.

Locating books

If your citation is a book, you will search Franklin from the Penn Libraries homepage

Franklin will help you find the library in which the book is located, and the call number. You can search for a specific book by title, author, or ISBN. You can also do a keyword or subject keyword search to find books on a particular topic.

Library homepage Franklin search box


On the next page, click Catalog to limit your search results to eBooks, books, and other print material. 

Franklin results page with cursor on "catalog"

Other important resources for finding books:


If you have a complete article citation, search Franklin from the Penn Libraries homepage to find the full text of your article.


On the next page, click Articles+ to limit your search results to articles. 

No luck? That doesn't mean we don't have access to the article - it could be available in print! Try searching the Catalog for the journal name as a next step.

Select Catalog and search using the journal name. If the library owns the journal, click on the journal name and confirm that they have the proper issue/volume/date by examining the item record page. If they do, you can request a scan of the article by selecting Digital Delivery (under locations where the journal is held).