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ENG 200: Intro to Literary Studies (Dr. Kocher)

Biographical Information and Work Analysis

Databases for Literary Criticism

These databases, in addition to the biographical sources listed in the other tab, will help you find a scholarly articles. If you need help searching for articles or doing other research, ask a librarian - we're here to help you!

Tips for Poetry Searches

These are the searches that I like to try in databases or OneSearch:

  • Author + "name of poem"
  • Author + "name of collection poem was published in"
  • Author + theme (like love, mourning)
  • Author + technique (rhyme, structure)

Next, search OneSearch for the name of the poet and limit your search just to print books. Go to the section with books on your poet, and look for books of literary criticism (not books of poems). Check the book's table of contents and index for the name of the poem or collection, then skim that section of the book.

In the left column of OneSearch, the option "Wofford Print Books" is selected under the heading "Library Location." In the list of results, the call number, next to the field Book: Check Availability, is highlighted.

Wofford OneSearch

Wofford OneSearch is a single search platform that contains books, ebooks, journal articles, magazines, newspapers, audio, video, and reference materials. It is a great place to explore your topic and find scholarly resources, but it can sometimes be overwhelming due to the amount of information a normal search will pull up. Think of it like shopping on Amazon: you should tell OneSearch exactly what you're looking for using keywords and choosing the right limiters in the left column of your search results.

The Wofford library homepage. Under the large header image, the OneSearch box is in the middle of the page.



For example, a search for genetic engineering retrieves nearly 3 million results. You can narrow your search by adding additional keywords or using the limiters in the left column.

OneSearch search screen. We searched for the term genetic engineering and found nearly 3 million results. None of the limiters in the left column have been selected.



Choosing only scholarly and peer reviewed articles and limiting our results to articles published in the last 3 years reduces the number of articles to about 350,000. 

The same OneSearch search results screen as above, only we have selected Scholarly & Peer Review in the left limiter column and chosen the Last 3 Years limiter in the left column. We now have about 350,000 results.



Finally, we can add additional keywords to make our search more specific. Adding the keyword food to our search brings up scholarly articles published in the last three years about the genetic engineering of food. Play around with your keywords and limiters until you find articles or books that will work for your project.

The same OneSearch search results page as above, except we have added the keyword food to the search box, along with genetic engineering.



When you find resources that you'd like to save, click on the folder icon next to the item. Your sources will be saved in a folder in the top right corner of OneSearch. Don't forget to email yourself the folder before you close your browser!

Our OneSearch search results page. Next to the first article title, the folder icon is highlighted. In the main menu bar's top right corner, the folder icon shows the number 1 and is also highlighted.