Frequently Asked Questions

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Because of frustration and time that I do not have, if you write about ANY of the questions below, I will just ignore and delete your email. I can't reply if you don't have the time to bother to read this FAQ page.

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1. Will you send me more information for my research on ___________ author?

1. No, I will not. I cannot send you any more information than what is already listed on this website. There are links pages for each author, and there are works cited and "works by and about" pages for each author. Go to your public library or the closest college library and do some research of your own. The papers on this site are references, but we are not in the business of selling research or doing work that you should be doing yourself. Do not ask me to send you all the information I have on____ author. If I had more info, it would be on the site. Be sure that you check the bibliography located on this site for your author, and then go to the library with a printout.

1. a. Then there's the ever popular, "I need information on an author who was a woman writer in the 19th (or any other) century and it is not on your site. Will you please help me do the research I need?"

1.a: I am sorry, but if there is not already info on the particular author you're researching, then I cannot help you find anything. I am one person, not a research library, and I am currently working on my OWN research-- so free time is really tight. I also would like to try to have a life outside of this webpage. :) So what you need to do is GET OFF THE INTERNET. Some things just AREN'T available online yet. Go to the library-- even a small-ish public library usually has access to the MLA database-- which is a database of writings on literary figures. If MLA doesn't have it, then it probably isn't published. Also try things you wouldn't normally think of-- the online bookstores sometimes have amazing things, and ebay, and any old book site. Keep searching, and you may find what you're looking for. But this is a limited scope site, and even if I one day will update and expand it, this isn't a "made to order" service.

2. Can I have copies of your pictures?

Most of the photos and images on this page do not belong to me. They are in public domain, which means that they are not copyrighted by anyone, and are free for anyone to use. I cannot grant permission for you to use anything that does not belong to me in the first place.

3. Are you aware that _______ fact about _______ author is incorrect?

Sometimes, despite careful research, a scholar gets a "fact" wrong. It may be that the source the scholar used was inaccurate; it may also be that the wording makes what the author is trying to say "sound" wrong. It may also be a contested detail-- history is not always black & white, and sometimes we are still arguing over "the facts." The author of the paper could actually have something wrong in the paper-- we've all been wrong at one time or another and it won't be the last time, I'm sure. It is our intention to be a reliable source, but if there is something on these pages that is incorrect, feel free to tell us. (Be sure the page you're referring to is actually one of my pages-- I have no control over the content of pages I am linked to that are not my own).

The editor of Domestic Goddesses is happy to hear about potential "wrong" facts, but please, try to be sure that you yourself are correct in your corrections, and if you have a critique to offer, be sure you have looked at the whole page to make sure the information is not on the page somewhere.

4. Will you write my paper for me?

Are you crazy? No way. I am a teacher, and even if I were not, I would not condone someone else writing a paper for you. That is cheating, and academic dishonesty can get you kicked out of universities and get you failed in school. Besides which, why would I want to do the work that you don't want to do, what good would that do me? This is not a paper mill, and even if it were, you should be aware that the papers you get on papermills are often quite badly written. Your chances of getting a failing grade on them are very high because your teacher has probably seen the same paper on the same author from the paper mill before. Write it yourself. That's what learning is all about.

5. Will you publish my paper on ___________ author?

No, we are no longer accepting new papers from unsolicited writers. There are just too many issues out there that I can't make time for.

6. Will you do more research and update the page? I need more information than what you have.

The Domestic Goddess website is constantly growing. I get new papers, and I learn new things about the authors. As soon as I know more, I publish what I know. However, this page is not meant to be, (nor does its author/editor have the time or inclination to make it so), the complete authority on any of these authors. If the information you're looking for is not on here, try to find it somewhere else (the library, other webpages, critical books available at online bookstores).Check the links pages for each individual author, as well as the general Victorian links page. There is a lot of stuff on the 'Net that you can use, but what is on my site is not meant to be infinite. Check the bibliography located on this site for your author. I will not do your work for you; learning is what your reasearch is all about!

7. Where can I find more information on my author for my report? My teacher wants primary texts, and I don't know anything about the author.

First things first, I encourage you to talk to your teacher. He/She is the first and best person to ask about these questions because he/she knows what your project is supposed to look like and he/she is the one who will give you a grade. Trust me, they want you to learn, so they should be happy to tell you how to do things you don't understand. Now that we covered that, primary texts are letters, journals, the actual fiction or poetry written by the author, essays, journalism by the author. Basically, they are anything that was written by the person that you are researching. Now, where to find these things. The best possible place is the library. If you don't have a college or junior college library near by, go to the public library. Look in the card catalogue under your author's name. After you've looked here, look in the front or back of the text that you read by the author. Frequently, well-edited texts have biographical essays written by a respected scholar. At the back of that essay (which you should read first since it's a good place to learn more about your author, sort of like an encyclopedia) there should be a "works cited" or "works consulted" or even "bibliography" page. That page tells you where the author of that essay got their information. See what's on there; you might be able to get some great stuff from those sources. A final good place to look for primary texts (journals/letters and stuff) is a good book length biography of your author. Usually, these biographies quote extensively from the authors' personal papers. If you cannot find primary texts anywhere else, you can probably use the excerpts from these biographies. Finally, check the bibliography located on this site for your author. In the section of works about the author, see if there are any with titles like "Letters from Jewett about writing" or anything that sounds like it might contain the stuff you want. Then, find those journals at your local library. If your library doesn't have the journal you want, and if you're not doing the research at the last minute (which I do not encourage) ask your librarian about Inter Library Loan. You might be able to get the work you need from another library that has it.

8. Can I cite your website in my paper? I will give you credit.

Of course you can site the information on this website, just use proper MLA format (click here to find a link to a site on how to do this). You do not have to ask for permission UNLESS you use more than 200 words of this site. This is called "fair use" and is what keeps academics and scholars alike from having to ask permission every time we quote anyone. If we had to get permission for every quotation, nothing would ever get done.

9. a. Do you want to buy, or do you know anything about, the first edition of (insert author's name here) book?
b. I found this old book at a garage sale-- do you know how much it is worth?
c. I have a copy of "X" book, which was published in 1923 by "Y" publisher. It's a rare/valuable/nice book and I'm selling it. Do you want to buy it, or do you know someone who does?

a. I'm not really a "first editions" collector. I'm pleased you have a valuable find, but I don't want to buy one (even if I could afford it). Now as for the other part of the question-- I know enough about first editions to know that you need to get a real expert to advise you. There are a lot of possibilities for you to get swindled. Get information from a book collector (you can find some online) or write to one of the many antique book archives that exist. I study what is "inside" the books, not the actual artifact of the book. One place you might be able to find information is at private collections for the author-- many of which are linked on each author's links page. Please don't ask me for advice-- I just don't know how to help you with this valuable investment.

b. Some of the books that are listed on the website have never been out of print-- this means that from the mid 19th century till today people were publishing books in the title you might find. That means there are probably A LOT of old books out there. Rare editions are worth whatever someone is going to pay for them, but just an "old" book doesn't necessarily mean a rare book. At most, what you might be able to get is the cost of a hardback book today. HOWEVER, I am not, nor do I desire to be, a rare/used/antique book collector. I don't know anything at all about what is rare or not-- if I were to find something cool, I would have to find out for myself. What I recommend you do, if you've found an old book of some sort, is contact a rare books dealer. You can probably find some on E-bay. Please don't write to me with these queries-- as I said above, I study what is INSIDE the book-- not the book as artifact & rare money-making find.

c. I thought that the above comments would cover all the book issues, but after recently going through a painful discussion with a SPAMMER about this issue, I thought I would clarify. I know exactly where to go if I want to buy an old (rare or not) copy of any of these books. I do not wish to receive ANY mail about it. If this sounds rude, please realize that there are only 24 hours in the day and you are probably not the first person to think "wow, maybe this person would buy my book," and it takes time I do not have to reply to your letter-- and if your feelings are hurt by my response, and I have to deal with the karma of having offended yet another annoying salesperson (which is what you're doing when you write me unsolicited at my home, trying to sell your product-- like a telemarketer) I will turn blue.

Post your auction on e-bay, or sell your book to a used book store, or, or whatever. If it is something someone wants, you'll sell it!
Don't SPAM people who haven't bothered you.

10. Can we put a link to your site on ours?

Yes, as long as your site is not an "adult content" something-you-can't-show-to-minors site. Don't bother writing for any more permissions-- this should be sufficient.

If this FAQ does not already answer your question, then feel free to E-mail the editor of Domestic Goddesses.
However, anything already covered here will be ignored and deleted.
The Domestic Goddess' Editor

last update: May 2003