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ENGL 2A: Retelling Fairy Tales (Leuner Spring 2023)

Step 1: Try Searching in a Literature Databases

Literature Databases to Get Your Started

There are many different databases you might use to conduct your research.  Below I've recommended a few that are good candidates for literary analysis/criticism, in particular MLA International Bibliography and Gale Literature Resource Center.

Step 2: Try Searching in Another Database

Databases for Cross-Subject Topics

Databases on Specific Subjects That May Complement Your Topical Theme

Pick a Database On Your Own

From the SCU Library Databases webpage do any of the following to select a database:

  1. Search
  2. Browse by subject
  3. Browse by Title A-Z

Searching Instructions

State Your Topic

Example: The evolution of women's rights in retellings of Sleeping Beauty

Identify keywords

What are two or three keywords that represent your topic?

Example: fairy tales, feminism, women's rights, evolution

Construct your search strategy

Are there any synonyms for your keywords that you should consider using?

Combine keywords with boolean operators like AND and OR.

Example: (fairy tale* OR folk tale*) AND (feminis* OR women) AND (evolution OR progress* OR modern)

Limit/Refine as necessary

Most databases have a place to click to limit results to peer reviewed articles.

Look for it on the left hand side of most interfaces.

Sample Search Query

Sample search strategy in MLA International Bibliography (Literature Database):

 (fairy tale* OR folk tale*) AND (feminis* OR women) AND (evolution OR progress* OR modern)

Sample search strategy in Omni-File (cross subject database):

Where is the Article?!

Find It @ SCU