Use a library database to search for and find scholarly articles.
This sample search in ProQuest Combined Databases used three different keyword phrases and was limited to Peer Reviewed articles, but it still was too broad and returned over 1,000 articles on all kinds of subjects.
If you are not sure what search terms to use, let the database help you! Use the Subject Terms suggested to Refine your Results. Add just one at a time. Or browse the Thesaurus (Subjects in Academic Search Complete) for relevant search terms.
See the illustrations below:
Academic Databases are "discovery tools." Use them to generate ideas, find search terms or narrow and focus research:
Be sure to search for articles and books about:
To find scholarly peer reviewed articles use filters on the left on One Search to select:
What should you do when you get this result?
Step 1: Click on "Check for Full Text in Other Sources." If we have the article in another database, you will be linked directly to it.
Step 2: If you get the message below, you may borrow it for free through InterLibrary Loan. Articles are sent quickly; just be sure to provide your student email address.
To fill out an InterLibrary Loan request, open the link below. Enter the information from the article citation above into the ILL form. Please contact a librarian if you need help at any point.
The databases to the left have scholarly and non-scholarly content in them.
You need to limit to scholarly/ peer reviewed content. Beneath each link, you'll find a tip on searching that specific database.
When you do research on current authors and works, sometimes there has not yet been a lot written about them. That's okay!
Scholarship represents your original thinking about a text or theme in literature. As part of your analysis you can integrate relevant sources, even if they are not about your specific text. Think about:
Here is an example of ideas and analysis about Minaret by Leila Aboulela that I could use if I were writing about the same ideas in a different work by a different author.
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Example: The highlighted sections of this article abstract (I would then read the whole article) might support an analysis of another novel or short story that explores how women navigate different spaces of religion, nation, and identity by claiming the veil as a symbol that both excludes them and allows them to define a new space…