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ENGLIT 0626: Introduction to Science Fiction - Oakland Campus

This guide is for students in Damian Dressick's ENGLIT 0626 class.

The Research Process: Sub Genres in SF

When you begin to research your topic in the area of sci-fi, be aware that there are many sub genres that may pique your interest.  Here are some points to consider when developing your paper:

  • Develop a topic that asks a question or poses a problem that interests you.
  • Select appropriate search terms for your subject.  For sci-fi you may want to search by author/title/sub genre or keywords. Suggested terms may include:
    • androids
    • cyborgs
    • cyberpunk
    • postcyberpunk
    • speculative fiction
    • alternate history
    • military sf
    • superhuman
    • apocalyptic
    • space opera
    • space western
    • time travel
  • Search PITTCat+ and subject oriented databases.
  • Revise your topic. Determine how you will answer your question.
  • Evaluate your resources carefully!
  • When in doubt, contact your librarian.

Literature Databases

SF has a long and colorful history. Depending on your topic, you may wish to search a variety of databases. For example, if you were searching for information about H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds, you should consider searching historical databases such as British Periodicals (1680-1930) where you will find the first original reviews of his book.