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What is the best database to use to find full text scholarly articles in literature?

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Thanks for your recent question about literature, you can try the following:   

Research Guide

http://libguides.kean.edu/literarycriticism

Electronic Databases   

To start using the Library’s electronic databases to search for articles on certain topics using your key words, go to the Library’s home page (http://library.kean.edu).  Click Articles & More to access the Databases.  The databases are organized in two different lists. In one list the databases are listed alphabetically, and in the other list the databases are listed by subject or format. Brief directions are provided on the next pages to help you navigate these electronic databases.  [Note: When you are off-campus, you will be asked to enter your Kean Google user name and password after you click on a database name. ]

 

MLA International                            To search Modern Language Association (MLA) International Bibliography, a    

                                                                 Bibliography comprehensive resource that indexes literary articles, book   

                                                                 chapters, and critical analyses:

ü  Click the letter M on the Jump to menu.

ü  Click MLA International Bibliography (EBSCOhost).

ü  Click Advanced Search.

ü  Type your key terms in the search boxes. Use the “and” operator to combine terms and retrieve items that contain all of the terms. Use the “or” operator to retrieve one or more of the grouped terms (not necessarily all of the grouped terms). Use the asterisk (*) as a truncation symbol after a word root to retrieve articles with the word root and all of its possible word endings. For example, type,    

                        First Search Box:  Seamus Heaney

                        Second Search Box:   Sweeney Astray

                        Third Search Box:  mad* or insan* or mental* ill*

ü  Limit your results to articles reviewed or judged by scholars in the field (in other words, scholarly or peer reviewed articles) by selecting Peer Reviewed under the Limit your results heading.

ü  Click Search.

ü  Result:  The first 10 retrieved article titles will be displayed. If the full-text article is available online for a specific item, you will see one or more of the following links immediately below the item:  HTML Full Text, PDF Full Text, or Linked Full Text. Click one of these links to view the full-text article.

ü  E-mail the article you are currently viewing by clicking E-mail located at the top of your screen.

ü  If full-text link options are not present, click the Full Text Finder button to check the availability of full-text for the article in other Kean University Library databases.

 

JSTOR                                                   To search JSTOR for scholarly articles:

ü  Click the letter J on the Jump to menu.

ü  Click JSTOR.

ü  Click Search.

ü  Type your key terms in the search box. 

ü  Use the “AND” operator to combine terms and retrieve items that contain all of the terms. Use the “OR” operator to retrieve one or more of the grouped terms (not necessarily all of the grouped terms). Use double quotes (“”) to retrieve items that contain specific phrases. Use the asterisk (*) as a truncation symbol after a word root to retrieve articles with the word root and all of its possible word endings. For example, type:

                        Gabriel Garcia Marquez AND Cholera

ü  Click Search.

ü  Result: the first 25 retrieved citations will be displayed.  Click citation titles of interest to view the full-text articles.

ü  E-mail the article citation by clicking Export this citation. Click Email citations under the Export Citations heading. From the Citation Format drop-down menu select printer-friendly, fill out the rest of the email form, and click Send.

 

Literature Resource        To search Literature Resource Center for biographies, bibliographies, and/or critical
Center                                                   analyses:

ü  Click the letter L on the Jump to menu.

ü  Click Literature Resource Center (Gale Cengage Learning).

ü  Click Advanced.

ü  Type your key terms in the search boxes below the heading Enter search term(s) and select index type.

ü  Use the “and” operator to combine terms and retrieve items that contain all of the terms. Use the “or” operator to retrieve one or more of the grouped terms (not necessarily all of the grouped terms). Use the asterisk (*) as a truncation symbol after a word root to retrieve articles with the word root and all of its possible word endings. For example, type:

                        First Search Box:  Doty Mark

                        Second Search Box:   Turtle, Swan  (In the corresponding right-hand search box,                                         select Title-exact match instead of Author-name contains.)

ü  Click Search.

ü  Result:  Results are displayed for Biographies.

ü  Click the article title links to view the full-text biographical articles.

ü  Alternatively, click the active Literary Criticism, Articles, & Work Overviews tab.

ü  Click the article title links to view the full-text articles.

ü  E-mail the article you are currently viewing by clicking E-mail located in the upper left-hand corner of your screen.

 

Literature Online                               To search Literature Online for literary works, biographies, and/or critical analyses:

ü  Click the letter L on the Jump to menu.

ü  Click Literature Online (ProQuest).

ü  Click CRITICISM & REFERENCE located on the left-hand side of your screen.

ü  Type your key terms in the search box labeled Keyword(s):   

ü  Use the “AND” operator to combine terms and retrieve items that contain all of the terms. For example, in the search box labeled Keyword(s), type:  Medea AND chorus

ü  In the search box labeled Author(s)/Subject(s), type:  Euripides

ü  Click Search.

ü  Result: Citations will be displayed.

ü  Click the page icon to view the corresponding HTML full-text, the camera icon to view the corresponding PDF full-text format, and/or the JSTOR icon to access the full-text directly from the JSTOR database.

ü  E-mail the HTML full-text version of the article by clicking Email Full Text on the top right-hand side of your screen.

 

Literary Reference Center                  To search the Literary Reference Center  for scholarly articles using your key terms:

ü  Click the letter L on the Jump to menu.

ü  Click Literary Reference Center (EBSCOhost / JerseyClicks).

ü  Type your key terms in the search box labeled Find:  Use the “and” operator to combine terms and retrieve items that contain all of the terms. Use the “or” operator to retrieve one or more of the grouped terms (not necessarily all of the grouped terms). Use the asterisk (*) as a truncation symbol after a word root to retrieve articles with the word root and all of its possible word endings. For example, type:  yeats and second coming and (histor* or psychoanal*)

ü  Limit your results to articles reviewed or judged by scholars in the field (in other words, scholarly or peer reviewed articles) by selecting Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals under the Limit your results heading.

ü  Click Search.

ü  Result:  The first 10 retrieved article titles will be displayed.  If the full-text article is available online for a specific item, you will see one or more of the following links immediately below the item:  HTML Full Text, PDF Full Text, or Linked Full Text. Click one of these links to view the full-text article.

ü  E-mail the article you are currently viewing by clicking E-mail located at the top of your screen.

ü  If full-text link options are not present, click the Full Text Finder button to check the availability of full-text for the article in other Kean University Library databases.

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