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English Literature Research   Tags: crit, criticism, english, lit, literary, literature  

A guide to finding resources related to literature and literary issues.
Last Updated: Oct 7, 2013 URL: http://library.brockport.edu/eng Print Guide RSS Updates

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I need to find articles. (Databases)

The following databases have both full text articles and citations to articles that you can then get through interlibrary loan (ILL).

Search three databases at once:
(MLA International, Humanities Source, Academic Search)

  • MLA International Bibliography  
      
    The best database for advanced research but be careful:
    * It also includes chapters from books and dissertations.
    * Some titles are full-text, but many titles need to be requested through interlibrary loan (ILL) and are difficult to get.
  • JSTOR  
      
    Full-text scholarly articles; most are at least 3 years ago.
  • Academic Search Complete  
      
    * A good starting point for any research.
    * Includes many peer-reviewed literary journals
  • Humanities Source  
      
    Contains peer-reviewed articles related to literature.
  • Project MUSE - Humanities Collection  
      
    Provides full-text scholarly articles for years that are more current than JSTOR.
  • Literature Resource Center  
      
    * Good place to start for background information about an author and their work.
    * Not all articles are from scholarly/peer-reviewed journals.
 

My EBSCO

My EBSCOhost is a feature of EBSCO databases that allows you to save your searches and articles for future access. To sign up for this feature, click "Sign In to MY EBSCOhost", at the top right of the screen from any page within an EBSCOhost database.

 

Possible Keywords

Try adding one of these key words to your search to find criticisms of your chosen "work:"

  • criticism
  • critiques
  • interpretation
  • readings (for books)
  • essays
  • appreciation

The type of literature, such as:

  • epic literature
  • oral traditions
  • social drama
 

Advanced Search Reminders

  • Use AND to combine different keywords.  
    • For example, minorities AND coaching
  • Use OR to combine synonyms or related terms 
    • race OR ethnicity OR minorit*
  • To look for a phrase use “quotation marks” around your terms:
    • “human resource management” will find those words next to each other, instead of anywhere on the page.
  • To look for variations of a word, or to look for the singular and plural, use the
    • Minor* will find minority or minorities, but it will also find anything about minor or minors.
  • Use Parentheses: separate synonyms from others.
    • (race OR ethnicity) and coaching

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