This course guide will help you find resources for the ENGL 291H research paper based on a film. This guide will also help students enrolled in other ENGL or COMM 200 courses.

Gale Literary Sources

When using the Advanced Search in Gale Literature database, enter the title of the literary work in the Name of Work field and the author of the story in the Person-By or About field.

To narrow your search more, you may enter a specific topic or theme in the 3rd field (make sure you change it to Entire Document). See example.

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If you decide not to use the Entire Document field, you may enter your theme or topic in the Limit Search by field within the results.


To learn more about search strategies using:

  • Truncation (e.g., symbol*)
  • Boolean Operators (e.g., and, or, not)
  • Keyword vs Subject

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JSTOR is a multi-discipline database containing subjects including economics, history, political science, sociology, humanities, social sciences, ecology, mathematics, statistics, Asian studies, archeology, African, Latin American, Middle Eastern, and American studies, languages and literature, music, film studies, folklore, performing arts, religion, women's studies, psychology, business, philosophy, art, etc. 

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JSTOR advanced search


Results in JSTOR can be sorted by date, discipline, and type of result. Also pay attention to the subjects listed -- they can provide additional search terms. 

JSTOR narrow results



EBSCOhost has the following databases that are selected for the initial search: 

  • Academic Search Complete
  • eBook Collection
  • MasterFILEComplete

In order to get more literary criticism sources, be sure to add MagillOnLiterature Plus to your search.

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Once you get the results, be sure to limit your search by selecting the Full Text and Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals features. You may also adjust the Publication Date if desired.

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Library Databases

Go to A-Z Database List

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To learn more about how to use the library databases, go to Database Tutorials.

remote access

Currently registered students, faculty and staff may access the library databases off-campus by Signing In to the campus network.

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