College of Liberal Arts: Department of Modern Languages

Chambers Library
Resources for Research Purposes

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Ona Britton
Department: Reference
Title: Coordinator of Reference Services
Phone: 974-2979
Duties: Supervises Reference Department; provides reference services; teaches information literacy classes.
Collection development areas: English, Modern Languages

Several library databases contain articles and other materials pertinent to literary criticism. These databases should fulfill the requirements for written assignments in your Modern Languages upper-division courses.

Getting Started

All of these sources are in the Literature in English subject guide on the Library website.
Gale databases are excellent places to start when exploring a literary work.  They contain overviews of various works, biographical information, and overviews of literary movements and themes.

Gale Literature Criticism Online. Contains full-text/full-image of most of the Gale Literature Criticism series.  Best place to start to get a sense of critical literary interpretation.
TIP: Use the Browse Topics and Browse Works tabs to explore a literary theme or a particular work respectively.

Gale Literature Resource Center.  Contains literary overviews, biographical information, and articles about authors and their works.

Central Search.  A new searching tool which allows searching among most library databases and the library catalog.

Databases for Finding Articles

MLA International Bibliography.  Comprehensive database for all aspects of literary criticism.  Includes citations to journals, books, book chapters, and dissertations.

Humanities International Complete.  Contains articles and citations on all humanities subjects.
TIP: You may search databases on the Ebsco platform simultaneously.  Watch this video for a demonstration.   Including Academic Search Complete in a search may yield a few more articles.

More Useful Databases

JSTOR.  Full text of back issues of many periodicals.  Usually does NOT contain current holdings.
Project Muse.  Full text of several journals from university presses covering many disciplines, including literature.

Book Catalogs

Books are useful for finding in depth treatment of a topic. Consult the following catalogs to find books inside and outside the library.

UCO Library Catalog. Searches for all the materials held at Chambers Library.

WorldCat. Searches 54,000 library catalogs worldwide. Use for interlibrary pertinent materials from other libraries.

Library Web Pages

Tutorials (Conducting Basic Search, CINAHL, Databases for finding articles on specific topics)

Guide to Effective Research

Guide to Conduct Effective Research (Duke University)

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