Last Updated: Dec 10, 2014
You can type in general or specific terms that search the full text of over 70,000 ebooks.
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:
- Articles and Books
This engine searches for books and articles at once. After a keyword search, you can widen or narrow the limits as you see fit (eg, date-range, format, topic).
- 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'. Best results come when you select peer-reviewed. However, if you want MORE results you should not limit it.
- Proquest - Choose ALL their Databases
This link will take you to Proquest's ABI/Inform database. iIN THE UPPER LEFT HAND CORNER, WHERE IT SAYS 'SEARCHING 1 DATABASE' CLICK AND THEN SELECT 'DATABASES'. The best results come when you select peer-reviewed but if you want more results don't limit it.
- Google Scholar via Kennedy Library
By going via the Kennedy Library Link you can link out to full text in a variety places. If you don't see "Find It at Cal Poly" on the results, click the "More" dropdown and it should be there.