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English: Articles

This guide is intended to help students locate information on English Literature, including books, periodical articles, and websites.

Search Specific Databases

Try searching Databases A-Z (hightlighted) for specific databases. 

Recommended Databases

Academic Search Complete
This multi-disciplinary database provides access to more than 4600 journal titles.

JSTOR
Great for historical research, this database provides full-text access to hundreds of journals. Articles published within the last 5 years are typically not available in this database.

ProQuest Research Library
This multi-disciplinary database provides access to more than 5000 journal titles from 1971 to present day.

CQ Researcher This award-winning database is the online equivalent of the weekly publication of the same name. It is an excellent place to look for impartial and extensive reporting on controversial and complex issues. This database is a great resource to use especially for speech and debate classes. CQ Researcher provides full-text access to reports from Oct. 1991 to the present.

Opposing Viewpoints In Context This database is an excellent place to begin one's research on any current event or controversial topic. Opposing Viewpoints includes opinion pieces (i.e. viewpoint essays), magazine, newspaper and journal articles, entries from reference works (such as encyclopedias and dictionaries), statistics, images, scholarly websites, plus much more.

Oxford English Dictionary The Oxford English Dictionary is considered "the definitive record of the English language." It tracks the history, forms, and pronunciation of 600,000 words from both the past and present. Quotations help demonstrate the use of the words in context.

MagillOnLiterature Plus This database provides author biographies, plot summaries and character overviews of famous works of literature. This resource is the online equivalent of the print Masterplots series.

Gale Literary Index While Literature Resource Center provides full-text access to many of the most popular and often-searched authors and works of fiction, use the Gale Literary Index to search comprehensively for references to a particular author or work of fiction in all print-based Gale literary publications such as Twentieth Century Literary Criticism, Nineteenth Century Literary Criticism, Contemporary Literary Criticism, etc.

OneSearch Articles


 

 

Use OneSearch to search across all library resources.  Narrow your results to articles by using the options in the "Refine my Results" bar on the left.

In the "Format" section, select "Articles" (this option will give you magazine, newspaper, and peer-reviewed journal articles) or "Newspaper Articles" (this option will give you only newspaper articles).  For more information on the difference between these types of articles, see our Scholarly vs. Popular Sources guide.

Database Search Tips

  • When searching for names or multi-word phrases, use quotes around the terms. This tells the database you want to find articles with those two words together as a phrase.
    • For example: "Chicano movement"
  • Use "AND" to search for two or more concepts together.
    • For example: "Chicano movement" AND California
  • Use "OR" to search for alternate or related terms.
    • For example: "social movements" OR "social change"

Peer-Reviewed vs. Popular

For your assignments, you may be asked to use "scholarly" or "peer-reviewed" articles.  These are articles written and reviewed by experts in their discipline. Most databases will have ways to filter or limit searches to these types of articles.

Other types of articles you may find in our databases include newspaper articles, magazine articles, and sometimes conference papers and dissertations.

For more information on article types, see our Scholarly vs. Popular Sources guide.

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