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EN 5394 - Research in English and Cultural Studies: Articles
Resources for students in this course and others conducting research in the humanities.
Information on authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. Includes plot summaries, synopses and work overviews, articles/essays of literary criticisms, author biographies, literary journals, book reviews, poems and short stories, author interviews, and classic texts.
This database is the definitive bibliography for scholarly materials in the humanities. Subjects covered include criticism, drama, folklore, humanities, language, and literature. Indexes journals, monographs and other books, dissertations, bibliographies and other sources.
Produced by the Modern Language Association of America.
Access to a selection of prestigious books and journals in the humanities and social sciences. Many resources available for free during the COVID-19 pandemic. NOTE: Limit to "only content I have access to" to find free full-text.
Begin your search with this database! Contains more than 8,500 full text periodicals and indexing and abstracts for more than 12,500 journals. Includes multiple languages. Journals offered cover all areas of study.
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In the sciences and social sciences, when starting a journal article search on a topic, consider adding systematic review or meta-analysis, or literature review in your search.
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Who is the author of the article? What are the author's credentials? What qualifies the author as an expert?
What sources are cited in this article?
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Key education database. Citations, abstracts, and some full text articles from education journals and other literature. The database includes the ERIC Thesaurus, a complete list of descriptive terms used by ERIC to index and search the database.
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