Researching Literary Topics
BC Libraries have many online databases useful for locating material pertaining to English, American, and other literature. The following pages mention some of the more relevant databases arranged under helpful categories.
Please don't hesitate to get in touch if I can assist your literary research in any way. My contact details are on the right.
What Are You Looking For?
- I need primary texts by British authors.
- I need primary texts by American authors.
- I'm looking for secondary critical material, mainly books, in Holmes.
- Holmes is pretty good for books; but I need scholarly journal articles on my topic. Any advice on databases?
- What's the best way to locate biographical information on a writer?
- I need to find newspaper articles on my topic.
- When I search a database I often see a yellow "Find It" image on each of the hits. What's its purpose?
- I'm not sure how to cite material and construct a bibliography. Any advice?
- I'm not finding what I need at BC. Can I obtain material from other libraries?
- I'm not having much success with Google. Any advice on using it more efficiently and effectively?
- I've been told that I should use peer-reviewed or refereed journals? What are these?