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Fall 2021, Professor Wall-Randell



Welcome to the Research Guide for Writing 105 / English 120: Critical Interpretation. This guide aims to point you to some useful starting places for your research. Please feel free to contact me with questions or help with any aspect of the research process. I'm here to help!

Karen Storz, Research & Instruction Librarian

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SuperSearch is a great place to start for journal articles, books and almost everything else the library has, in one easy to use interface.

For searching with more focus and precision, try one of the databases recommended on this guide.

Key Databases for Literary Criticism

Databases can contain a combination of full-text articles (ready to read online) and/or citation information about articles, book chapters, or books.

Find Books in the Catalog

Search Tips

  • Use synonyms and truncation to find the different ways your topic might be expressed—computers are very literal
  • Combine multiple concepts using AND / OR for best results


sample topic:   Cultural identity in the poetry of Li-Young Lee

(identity OR self) - synonyms 

AND (cultur* OR ethnic* OR immigra* OR Asian American) -  truncation

AND Li-Young Lee

AND poetry

Not finding enough, or found an item that's checked out?
WorldCat and request a copy.

Key Databases With Primary Source Materials

For more about primary source materials and databases with primary source materials, visit these research guides:

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Research & Instruction Librarian
Office: Clapp Library 218B

Key Databases for Historical Research