Welcome to the Research Guide for ENG 387: Virginia Woolf — From Victorian to Modern. This guide aims to point you to some useful starting places for your research. Please feel free to contact me for additional help navigating these resources or finding sources for your individual research topics. I'm happy to work with you on any aspect of the research process. – Karen Storz, Research & Instruction Librarian
A search in Google Books can be a great way to identify books that may be relevant to your research. Since a Google Books search looks for your search terms within the full text of the millions of digitized books in its database, it may find books that don't turn up in a search of our library catalog or SuperSearch, which search a much smaller amount of information. In most cases, you won't be able to access the full text of the book through Google Books, but once you have a relevant title, you can check our library catalog to see if we have it. If we don't, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan.
It's always a good idea to try searching in more than one database. Even when there is considerable overlap in content, the different search capabilities and features of each database will help you find different sources.
To find sources on Woolf in MLA, search for Woolf as a Primary Subject Author:
Then you can add other terms to narrow your search by topic:
Look at the Subjects that come up under the citations. They can provide you with additional ideas for search terms.
You can use the filters to limit your search by source type (articles, books, etc.), date, etc.
For more tips on database searching, see our Search Tips: Truncation and Boolean Searching guide.
When you find an article or book that is useful for your research, you probably know to consult its bibliography or reference list to find other potentially relevant sources. In this way, you're tracing the scholarly conversation backwards in time. But you can also trace citations forward to find newer scholarship that cites the source you have in hand.
You can also search within the results to find only sources that mention a particular work or other keyword.
You can also try Google Scholar's "Related articles" link, which uses Google's proprietary algorithms to pull up similar articles.