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English and American Literature: Finding Articles via databases

A resource guide for the study of English and American Literature

Database Search Tips

Here are tips for better search results in databases. These will work in most databases, but check 'Help' sections for supported search syntax.

Boolean: (using operators: and, or, not)

mother and father searches for occurrences of both words within scope defined.

mother or father searches for one or all, but both are not required.

mother not father searches for occurrences of the word ‘mother’ without use of the word ‘father.’

(mother not father) and god searches for occurrences of the word ‘mother’ without use of the word ‘father,’ then also requires the word ‘god.’


Truncation:

art* searches for art, arts, artistic, artful, etc.


Wildcard:

m?n searches for man and men. 

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a time-saving, scholarly search interface accessible from within the Google interface. With Google Scholar, you can access peer-reviewed journal articles, books and book sections. For literature searching, specialized databases have more functionality and access more comprehensive results, but Google Scholar is a good tool for general searches and for tracking citations.

Google Scholar Search

Other important databases

Literary Criticism via General / Multi-Disciplinary databases

Literary Criticism via Subject Specific databases