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ENGL 102: Magical Realism (Dr. Rostan)

Background and Biographical Information

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 best limiters in the left column of your search results.



For example, a search for magical realism retrieves over 3,500 results. You can narrow your search by adding additional keywords or using the limiters in the left column.

A OneSearch search string for "magical realism" with the number of results highlighted.



Choosing only scholarly and peer reviewed articles and limiting our results to articles published in the last 5 years reduces the number of articles to about 500. 

In the left column of the OneSearch results page, the facet "Scholarly and Peer-Reviewed Journals" is selected. In the main search box, the date limiters are set to 2019 and 2024.



Finally, we can add additional keywords to make our search more specific. Adding the keyword "environment" to our search brings up 29 scholarly articles published in the last five years about the role of the environment in works of magical realism. Play around with your keywords and limiters until you find articles or books that will work for your project.

A OneSearch search string for "magical realism environment" on the first line of the search box.



When you find resources that you'd like to save, click on the pushpin icon next to the item. Log in using your MyWofford credentials to save the items to your OneSearch account.

On the right side of the page, the pushpin icon is highlighted next to an article record.