This course guide will help you find resources for the ENGL 103 research paper based on a lyric poem, poem, play or work of literary fiction. This guide will also help students enrolled in other ENGL courses.

EBSCO Databases

EBSCOhost Databases

Locate Online Journal Articles with EBSCO's
Academic Search Complete, MagillOnLiterature Plus and EBSCO eBooks Databases

(other subject specific databases available) 


  • A multidisciplinary database for academic publications including peer-reviewed journals, and a literary database. 
  • Provides full-text articles, literary works, reviewed critical analyses, and brief plot summaries. 



1. From the library homepage, click Databases then select "Search multiple EBSCO databases". 

2. Add a check to MagillOnLiterature Plus, Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection, and any other related databases (for 103H). Then click Continue.

3. Type the name of your keyword or name of work in the search box and add the author's last name to the next search box. 

2. Use the following example to design the search for criticism on your story. (NOTE: Once you get to the results page, add your author's name like the example below.) Results will automatically limit the search to full-text articles.




3. Add search terms

NOTE: Truncation. Add an asterisk * to the root of a search term for all forms of a word, ex. symbol*=symbolic, symbolizes, symbolically, etc.

 4.  Check Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed) Journals box and click Update.

Peer-reviewed journals are publications that include only those articles that have been reviewed and/or qualified by a selected panel of acknowledged experts in the field of study covered by the journal.

 5. Click Show More for even more Search OptionsNarrow by document type

Academic Search Premier has it's own set of Special Limiters. Under Document Type, select Literary Criticism for an even more narrow search (see below).





6. Limit by Subject.

Check boxes next to related library subject headings (author's name and title of story.)

7. Click on a relevant article. 

Some are offered in HTML, some PDF, some both. All HTML articles have Translate and Listen options.

8. Use Tools on right of article to Print, E-mail, Save, Cite and more.

Citations are sent in MLA format as a default. APA and Chicago are also available. 

For more information about citations, click the Citations tab above. 

9. NOTE: Double check citations before emailing or printing. Make sure the author of the article is not the author him/herself and that the titles are not in ALL CAPS

10. When emailing, leave a comment/message to yourself about why you selected the article.

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