ENG108: Writing In and About Literature (Prof. Winchester)

   Start Your Research Here: 

1) Search with "Start Your Research Here" Box

Begin with the "Start Your Research Here" search box above.

  • It does a broad, shallow search across 100 library databases, searching 30,000 books, 200,000 ebooks, millions of articles and thousands of videos.  See sample search below.
  • Use Advanced Search to overlap these ideas,.
    • Or, type the word AND (in all capital letters) to overlap the two ideas. (If you type the word and as lower case, the database search for information on the word and!)
    • On the results page, limit results to E-books by using the drop down on the right hand side of the search bar. You can download ebook chapters.

Search Term Ideas

Rossetti, Christina
Morrison, Toni
Anderson, Laurie Halse 

"Anderson, Laurie Halse" AND speak AND critic*
"Bluest Eye" AND criticism
"Lord of the Rings" AND feminis* AND critic*

Marxis* AND "literary criticism"
"New Historical"
"Reader-response criticism"

For ideas, browse these sites: 

Marxist Literary Theory

2) Search Specific Article Databases

Fill in gaps with these specific databases. 

1) Gale Literature Resource Center and other encyclopedias

  • Filter the results for summaries and criticism; adjust search fields as needed. 
  • Click Peer-Reviewed Journals to limit to scholarly articles.
  • Click Advanced Search to add a second topic,
    • or, type AND (in all capital letters) with a subject. (AND acts as a software command to tell the database to overlap topics.)

2) ProQuest Central Article Database

ProQuest Central offers millions of articles from 2,200 newspapers, magazines and scholarly journals.

  • Limit results to Peer-reviewed or Scholarly Journals. 


You may want to try this non-profit database also. It covers literature topics well.

3) For Help with Citations and Writing

For additional help in smoothing out your writing, take advantage of the online help from the college's CRW.

Research Tutorial

Database search tips: Boolean, Truncation, and Phrase searching

Review Database Searching Techniques:

Research Help

Review these tips so your database searches find good results. Ask a librarian for help at any point!

Reference and Instruction Librarian

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