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ENGL1102 (Diemer): Finding Sources

Databases for Literary Research

Tips for Searching Databases

1. Criticism on the exact piece of literature

Ex: "Turtles all the way Down"

If it is new, there may not be any criticism!

2. Criticism on the author's other work or general work

Ex: John Green

This works better for people who have written many works and for many years.

3. Scholarship on the genre/movement and how it works with a topic

Ex. YA literature AND race, YA literature AND trauma, Graphic novels AND boyhood, Southern gothic AND ghosts

4. Scholarship on a literary theme (interdisciplinary or in lit)

Ex. trauma, disability, race, sexuality, queer, confession, family, gothic, spirits, humor, place, home

5. Scholarship on a style of analysis

Ex. Feminism AND YA

Your Librarian

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Sheila Devaney
Research & Instruction Department
Main Library
University of Georgia
912-268-0539 (For Spring 2021 please use my Google Voice number)