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ENGL 150: Animate Objects (HC) Spring 2015: Finding Articles

English / Writing Program 150: Animate Objects (Reckson) Spring 2015

Finding Scholarly Articles

Before conducting your search:

  • Consider how your argument might be broken down into keywords or phrases.

  • Compile a list of synonyms for those keywords.  What other terms might scholars use to talk about your topic, and how do these terms reflect the type of argument scholars are making?  (E.g., publishing vs. dissemination)

  • Consider which intersections among your keywords will be useful for searching

  • Indentify disciplines that are relevant to your research question.  Also consider the ways in which your question might reside outside traditional discplines or cut across them.

See the Search Tips tab for additional information about searching in indices and databases.

Selected Journals

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Start your search with the most extensive index in English literary studies, the MLA International Bibliography (also known as MLAIB). 

The MLAIB advanced-search screen allows you to search for peer-reviewed articles by subject heading, keyword, or some combination thereof.  You can simultaneously search the MLAIB and the second-most extensive index in English literary studies, the Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (also known as ABELL) by searching in Literature Online (LION).  (Keep in mind, though, that LION does not allow you to search for peer-reviewed items only.)

The MLAIB and LION do not include full-text copies of articles or chapters, but use the "FindIt" button ( ) located at the bottom of each record to see whether the Tri-College Libraries have access to the journal or book from which a citation comes.

Additional Multi-Period, Multi-Topic Sources