ENGL 657 - Comparative Literature

The Best Database for Literature

A good place to search for scholarly articles is Literature Online (LiOn) as it is devoted to literature and criticism. It contains records for the MLA International Bibliography (MLAIB) and the Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature (ABELL). LiOn also links to articles from Project MUSE and JSTOR

To search LiOn go to the Criticism link on the database's home page. Then select the "All Criticism." Start your search with key words and possibly a subject like a title. Try various searches until you get results you can use. You may also want to limit the publication date, source type, and whether or not you only want to view records with full text. If you do not limit to full text you may need to use Interlibrary Services (directions on the right). If you need more help with searching try the Help link in the upper right corner or contact a librarian. 

Database Tips and Tools

When viewing a record in a LiOn you have several options to help organize your research. 

If you find you are using LiOn frequesntly then you can create an account in LiOn and save articles to an archive. When you sign in you can view all your saved articles (to create an account in LiOn go to the My Archive link on the home page). You can save the article, email the link to the record, or email the text of the article. If in doubt about an article's usefulness just email yourself the link so you will have it if you need it. 

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