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Sandra Cisneros

It was a cold and windy day, a perfect day to uncover secrets and truths about writers I had heard of, but new little about. I entered the library to escape the weather and lose myself in books about Sandra Ciseneros and the characters she creates in her poems and stories. I began my search at a computer resource station, and then absorbed myself in the materials it provided, which were biographies, criticisms, and the works of Cisneros. Initially, the computer resource station provided me only with Cisnero's texts or simple the books she had written. They were all listed in the card catalogue, and I was reassured that if the library had her books, than they had to have biographies and criticisms on her as well. I searched through the journal index with Cisneros as the subject, and author, but found nothing. Feeling a little dismayed, I proceeded on to the MLA bibliography and was relieved that there were at least five references to her and her works. I jotted down all of the information I had gathered so far and continued searching through the electronic sources available. These sources included: The academic universe, the academic search, encyclopedias, the Internet, and a database called Melvyl. After exhausting these resources I moved on to searching the library for the books and information I had compiled. Most of the books I found in this second search were the book's Cisneros had written: The House on Mango Street, Loose Woman: poems, My Wicked Wicked Ways, and Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories. The other books I found were all reference books that came from the reference section in the library and were not to be checked out, so I made photocopies of all the material that pertained to Cisneros, and her work. With my stock pile of information all gathered and before me, it was finally time to unfold the truths and mysteries about this author. I decided I would start with her work and then see what the critics h...

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