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Research with Library Resources (ENG 70A- World Literature I)

Best Databases to use

The best databases for research in World Literature are:

Video Part 1- How to Use Library Databases to do Literature Research

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Using Library Databases- Literature Research

  • Search strategy- be flexible and relaxed! Don't be discouraged if a search doesn't find any good resources- Try again!
    • Search lots of different databases, not just one
    • Find out if there's other worlds or titles for your text (Ex: "The Song of Roland" AND "La Chanson de Roland")
  • Keep track of your research using a separate document to copy/paste citations and links
  • Search Literary Reference Center Plus (best database for Literature research)
    • Use the date limiter to find articles published in the last 5 years
    • Use the citation generator to get the MLA citation
    • Use the permalink to save a permanent link to the article
    • Pay attention to the type of source (Ex: "Poem", "Literary Analysis", "Book Review", etc.). Reference entries are NOT scholarly.
  • Search e-books
    • Books often have literary analysis in the introduction or other chapters
    • You don't have to read a whole book to use it as a source! Just read the chapter or pages that are helpful to you.
    • You can search within an e-book for a specific word/title/character
  • Search JSTOR (good database for history, art, and literature)
    • JSTOR doesn't have many articles from the last 5 years, but still has lots of great information and worth searching!
    • Use quotation marks to make sure your keywords stay together (Ex: Search "Song of Roland" instead of Song of Roland to make sure it finds the phrase "Song of Roland" and not just the words Song and Roland anywhere in the article)
  • Search Academic Search Complete or OneSearch if you still need items
    • These databases don't usually have much on literature that you haven't already found in the other databases
    • OneSearch doesn't have as many filters or date limiters

Video Part 2- Examples (The Iliad, The Song of Roland)

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