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English/Literature Research

How do I find an article on my topic?

When you are searching for articles on a topic, try using the Library databases for high quality information. The Library subscribes to over 100 electronic databases. They contain many magazine, newspaper, and journal articles in full-text electronic databases. In addition, databases contain references and summaries (called 'abstracts') to other useful articles that may not be in electronic format. These articles may be available in print format in the Library, or they may be obtained via interlibrary loan.

Selected databases are listed on the 'Library Databases for English and American Literature' subpage, under the the 'How to find articles' tab above.

How do I find a particular journal?

Search for a Journal by Title or ISSN:



For example, if you have a citation to this article:


Hogle, Jerrold E. “The Gothic and the ‘Otherings’ of Ascendant Culture: The Original Phantom of the Opera.” The South Atlantic Quarterly 95:3 (1996): 821-846.

you would type South Atlantic Quarterly into the search box to see if we have the journal, and then navigate to the article.

For more information on how to navigate to an article, review a tutorial here.

Finding conference abstracts & proceedings

Quite often, you will find references to sources which are not journal articles or books. In particular, you may find references to conference or meeting abstracts. In this case, a scientist has presented his or her research at a conference or meeting and instead of publishing a journal article, the scholar has published a brief abstract summarizing his or her results in a professional society publication called a 'proceedings.' Sometimes these conference proceedings may be available online for free and sometimes they are only available in print. The following links will help you obtain them.

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