Examples of peer-reviewed journals, which have articles that can be accessed through the MLA International Bibliography database.
Articles not available in full-text? Request through ILLiad interlibrary loan.
Look for Request from ILLiad or Request from another library links when a database advices you that full-text is not available.
Databases can contain different types of material (articles, books, book reviews, book chapters, etc.). Articles can be from scholarly journals, magazines or newspapers. Many assignments require articles that are peer-reviewed. Look for options in databases to limit your results.
Articles in peer-reviewed journals:
OneSearch searches multiple resources at once. Use for very precise searches:
For best results, use limiters: field drop-downs (Title, Publication Title), content type (articles, book chapters, book reviews), etc.
For topical searches, first consult CBBcat and individual databases.
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In library catalogs and many databases, keyword searches only look for EXACT matches. A search using one form of a word may not find derivatives. A search of a singular noun, may not find results that only use the plural form.
An ASTERISK is a wild card that stands in for different endings of a word. ideal* = ideal, ideals, idealism, idealistic
Use QUOTATION MARKS to glue together words in phrases, titles or an author's name. "stream of consciousness"
Use OR phrases (in parentheses or within a search row) to cover possible synonyms. (jester OR fool)
Use AND phrases to narrow and focus a search. mother* AND "toni morrison"
Subject searches take you to books that have been tagged as being about that person or subject. Identify SUBJECT HEADINGS by checking the item records found in a keyword search.
Check the works cited, notes, references and bibliographies of every relevant article or book. You may discover a book or article perfect for your topic.
Bibliography, Hafley, James Robert, The Glass Roof: Virgina Woolf as a Novelist, UC Press, 1954.
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A book of literary criticism can be by a single author or can be an edited anthology with chapters ("book articles") on different aspects of the book's general theme.
To identify SCHOLARLY BOOKS, investigate/examine the:
PRINT: Look at the location and call number. Most Colby owned books related to literature can be found on the two bottom floors of the Miller Library book stacks. Order books from Bates, Bowdoin and the Colby Annex by clicking CBB Request in an item record.
DIGITAL: look for a small circular red E in the icons to the left of your results . .
Or use the drop-downs on the CBBcat search page, for a more precise search.