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William Faulkner (1897 - 1962): A Study Guide: EN3391 Exercise

This guide is designed to help students conduct research on the novels and stories of William Faulkner.

Searching for Articles: Subscription Databases

If you're looking for articles about a topic, begin with library subscription databases. Here are recommended databases:

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Database Search Tips

  • Think about your question.
  • Break it into key concepts and identify terms for each concept. Start with fewer words. Less yields more.
  • Think about which individuals or groups of people or organizations are associated with your topic. These might be additional terms to search.
  • Consider what type of information you need and where you might find it.
  • Use Boolean connectors like and, or, and not to connect keywords. Many databases search the words as a phrase otherwise.
  • Truncation characters such as an * (asterisk) can expand your search by retrieving various forms of a word, e.g., comput* retrieves computer, computers, computing, computation, etc.

Evaluating Article Relevance

  • Look at subject terms applied to relevant articles. Did you find additional articles by searching these subject headings?
  • Which terms or search strategies yielded the best results?
  • Look at the abstract. Are there additional keyword terms you might search?
  • Don't be too narrow in your search, especially initially.
  • How long is the article?
  • Who is the author of the article?
  • In which journal or periodical was this article published?

In Class Exercise

  1. Copy or type the MLA citation information into an email message. You may need to edit this information. Be sure the name of the database is included with the citation.
  2. Write one viewpoint or fact contained in this article that you didn't previously know. Write this in your own words.
  3. Considering currency, reliability, authority, accuracy, and purpose of the article, write one or two sentences about why you would or would not use this article as a source for your paper.
  4. Include your name in the email message.
  5. Enter EN 3391 and your name in the subject line of the email message.
  6. Email this information to 

Journals List

Looking for a specific journal, magazine, or newspaper?

Use Journals List to search for the title of a journal, magazines, or newspaper and determine if the library offers online access or print access to that publication.

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