1. Be prepared with synonyms in case your original search produces no results. If the database offers a link to a thesaurus or subject terms tab, use it to locate additional or related words for your search terms.
2. Pay attention to search tips or help screens provided by each database. Take the time to learn how to use the tool - it will help you to avoid frustration!
3. Remember that most databases allow for Boolean Searching (see the video in this guide). Use and to narrow, or to expand, not to exclude. Truncation is also useful for bringing back all relevant results. For example, type counsel* to bring back documents containing the words counsel, counseling, counselor...
4. Review the database search screen for a Thesaurus or Subject Terms tab or link.
5. Review articles, the references with this article, look for sections listing key words or subject terms, and relationships to your focus on the topic.
Depending on the database, it may offer a variety of ways to limit your results:
For articles that are not available in full text, use the InterLibrary Loan service.
Most databases use a controlled vocabulary to organize information and make browsing more efficient and specific to chosen terms. When building your search string, consider keywords, synonyms or related terms. When searching for information about an author's work, consider combining the author's name and a keyword from the work's title. As some databases may or may not have articles on your topic, consider searching multiple databases simultaneously. EBSCO offers an integrated search, which will search all of the NSU subscribed EBSCO databases at once. See video on this page for an illustration.
The Library Discovery system will search databases and the library collection as well as worldwide libraries simultaneously when using the "Everything" tab.
Listed below is a sampling of periodicals with information about Literature studies. Search by publication title using the Library Discovery system's "Everything" tab and "Advanced Search" option. For additional periodicals, look for a "Publications" tab featured in many of the EBSCO databases or check the JSTOR database, "Advanced Search" for its "Journal Filter" and narrow by discipline or journal. (EX.Languages & Literature 356 titles)
Bronte Studies (peer-reviewed)
Byron Journal (peer-reviewed)
Dickens Quarterly (peer-reviewed - devoted to the study of the life, time and works of Charles Dickens)
Chaucer Review (peer-reviewed)
Comparative Drama (peer-reviewed)
Conradian (peer-reviewed - devoted to the life and writings of Joseph Conrad)
The English Journal
ELH (peer-reviewed, subjects: English literature and Literary history)
English Literary Renaissance (peer-reviewed - literary theory & criticism)
English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920 (peer-reviewed)
English Studies (peer-reviewed)
The Eugene O'Neill Review
Journal of British Studies (peer-reviewed - subjects: British literature and English studies)
Journal of Commonwealth Literature (peer-reviewed - 2 volumes containing essays, critical studies and reviews about British literature)
Journal of Modern English Drama (peer-reviewed)
Keats-Shelly Journal (peer-reviewed - selective coverage from 1983-2008; subjects: Romanticism and English literature)
Modern Fiction Studies (peer-reviewed)
Modern Language Quarterly (peer-reviewed - selective coverage from 1982-2011: subject: English literature)
Nineteenth-Century Contexts (peer-reviewed - subjects: Romanticism; English literature)
Notes & Queries (peer-reviewed, subjects: English literature; British history)
Review of English Studies (peer-reviewed)
SEL : Studies in English Literature (Johns Hopkins) (peer-reviewed; English literature 1500-1900)
Shakespeare Quarterly (peer-reviewed)
Shakespeare Studies (peer-reviewed)
Studies in English Literature 1500-1900 (peer-reviewed)
Studies in Modern Poetry (peer-reviewed)
Studies in Philology (peer-reviewed - articles on British literature before 1900, works include classical, Romance and Germanic Languages)
Studies in Romanticism (peer-reviewed)
Studies in Short Fiction (peer-reviewed)
Victorian Literature and Culture Series (peer-reviewed)
Victorian Poetry (peer-reviewed)
Victorian Studies (peer-reviewed)
Women's Writing (peer-reviewed - focuses on women's writing in English Literature before 1900)
YouTube video created by NSU Libraries on how to search multiple EBSCOhost databases simultaneously.
YouTube video from Pollak Library, California State University - Fullerton