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ENG 300 Introduction to the English Major - Hines - Fall 2017: Articles & book chapters

Literary criticism

 An important aspect of literary research is to explore the scholarship that has been done on your topic. You may think of it as a conversation that you are about to join. This "scholarly communication" takes the form of journal articles, books and book chapters with extended participation through citations and bibliographies.


Book chapters

MLA Bibliography

The  MLA International Bibliography gets its own box on this page as it is the major resource for doing research in the literatures of all languages. You will also find it useful for linguisics and folklore.

MLA International Bibliography
Provides citations to journal articles, dissertations, and books about world literature, literary criticism, language, linguistics, and folklore from 1963 to the present.

You can focus MLA searches by using the Primary Subject Work or Primary Subject Author fields. 

A "normal" MLA search for criticism of the novel Beloved  (note the large number of resulting citations).


Use the 'Select a Field' option to narrow the focus of your result set.


There are many fields in the MLA records, you will need to scroll down to choose Primary Subject Work or Primary Subject Author.

Notice how much smaller the set of records is:

Focusing MLA searches further


You can add a keyword in another search box to narrow your results. In this case you would retrieve only those records about Beloved where the word 'ghost' also occurs in the article title, subject headings, etc.


You can also use two other search techniques:

truncation  - use a symbol (the asterisk *) that tells the search engine to find that word root and any ending.  In this example the search engine will retrieve haunt, haunts, haunted, haunting.

OR - you can use a synonym for your concept and the search engine will retrieve records with either term.

Videos of MLA Searches

Watch a video of a simple search in MLA Bibliography.

Watch a video showing you how to use MLA's Primary Subject Work filter.

Watch a video that combines searching for articles and chapters on a particular work with a keyword.

Other very useful databases for finding articles

Search for an Article Using Google Scholar

Use Google Scholar from the PSU Library, and enter the title of the article. If the Library has the article, there will be a link to the right, Find it @ PSU.

Find it @ PSU leads to the full text article in the PSU Library catalog.

If it is not available full text through Google Scholar, PSU Library could still hold the article in print. Search for the journal to see the Library's holdings. If the library does not hold the journal at all, request it from Interlibrary Loan & Article Delivery.

screenshot of find it at PSU link in Google Scholar



screenshot of article access link in Library catalog