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Literature & Literary Criticism: Find Articles

Resources on author biographies, and literature summaries and criticisms

Searching for Articles

The Garrett College Library uses EZ Proxy for GC students, faculty, and staff to access the library databases off-campus.  When you click on a database link while off-campus, you will be brought to this screen:

Your log-in information is your Garrett College Username and Password.  This log-in is used for ALL library databases.

For example:

Username: jane.smith

Password: golakers!

How to Search a Database

Read Your Work of Literature

  • Your best understanding of your work comes from your own reading and thinking
  • Critical sources are intended to assist your own analysis.
  • You will also be able to use critical sources much more effectively after you have acquired personal knowledge of the work.

Identify Your Search Terms

Usually when doing Literature Research the best (but not the only) search terms to use are:

  • Title of the Work
  • Author’s Name
  • Other works by the author

Literary movements and theories may also yield good search results depending on your topic and assignment.

To learn more about choosing keywords for a search, check out the following resource:

Click the Boolean Operators tab to learn how to create a search phrase with keywords.

Boolean Operators are the words "AND", "OR", and "NOT".  This words are placed in between your keywords to narrow or broaden your search.

If you search exercise AND elderly all you search results will contain BOTH of these keywords.

If you search exercise OR elderly, your results will have either the word elderly, exercise, or both terms.  This is used to broaden your search.

If you search exercise NOT elderly, all your results will just contain exercise, so any results with both words will not appear.

In a database, go to the advanced search tab to see "limiters".  Limiters "limit" your search or narrow your search to the most relevant results.

Types of limiters include:

  • publication date
  • source type
  • document type
  • full-text
  • peer-reviewed
  • language
  • subject

For more information on how to search a database, check out the following resources:

  Popular Sources Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed) Sources
Author Professional writers, journalists, or members of the general public. Experts (scientists, professors, scholars) in a particular field.
Audience General Public Other experts in a particular field.
Language Basic and clear - easily understood Very technical and scholarly - not easily understood.
Purpose Often published by for-profit companies for revenue and profit. Published by non-profit or education organizations to communicate new ideas.
Characteristics Tend to be short and on topics of general interest. Tend to be longer and are on very specific topics.
Citations Informal or no citations for sources. Complete and formal citations for sources.
Review Process Reviewed by an editor or self-published with no formal review process. Often reviewed by a panel of scholars in the field being studied. (Peer-Reviewed)