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Search ebrary ebooks by keyword

You can type in general or specific terms that search the full text of over 70,000 ebooks.

Find historic Book Reviews/Play Reviews/Movie Reviews

In many databases  you can limit by date, type in title of book, play or film (use quote marks "  "), the author/director's last name and also the word review.  

Example 1:      "The Sun Also Rises"    Hemingway   review

Example 2       "A Raisin in the Sun"   Wright   play review

This trick works well in the following:

This Guide Helpful For ...

While this guide is designed for this specific course, Cal Poly students taking English courses may find it useful for writing any papers involving literary criticism, whether it be for classical epics such as The Iliad or the Odyssey, Ancient Greek drama such as that written by Euripedes or Sophocles, medieval drama or Arthurian legend, or poetry, drama, novels, short stories from the Augustans through the romantics to the modernists and post- modern epoch.

A keyword search with your author's last name, such as Shakespeare, Keats, Donne, Shelley, Austen, Bronte, Eliot, Hemingway, Faulkner, Bishop, Kerouac, and the title of the work you are researching (put in quotation marks) will often yield ready results.


    Best Bets for Scholarly Articles

    • EBSCO - Choose ALL their databases
      This link will take you to EBSCO's Academic Search Premier. Above the search boxes in the upper left corner, where it says "choose databases" click and then select all databases. Again, best results come when you select full text and peer-reviewed. However, if you want MORE results you should not limit to these.
    • Articles and Books
      Searches a variety of databases at once. Enter your author's name and then a portion of the title of the work you are interested in, within quotes.

      Example search: Dickinson "a loaded gun"
    • JSTOR
      JSTOR has scholarly journals going back a long way and some recent books. To avoid getting TOO MANY results, click the box to limit your search to ARTICLES.
    • Proquest
      The landing page here is Digital Dissertations and Theses, but in the upper left hand corner, select ALL databases and you will find much more.
    • Search by Subject - English
      Again, type in your author's name and a chunk of the title.

      Example: Frost "Mending Wall"

    Lots Here, too.

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