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Finding Literary Criticism

Getting literary criticism of a work can sometimes be the hardest part of literary research, but it's not impossible.  The first thing you want to do when looking for actual literary criticism is make sure you are only looking in scholarly journals.  This can be easily done by either going to a database that only has scholarly works such as JSTOR, or you can search a more general database such as Proquest or Expanded Academic ASAP (Infotrac) and just make sure that you select "Scholarly journals, including peer-reviewed" or "peer-reviewed publications," which is usually an option just below the search box, as seen in the example below:

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Of course, thinking of key words can also be a challenge.  It's always worth a try to search for the work itself (search for exact titles using quotation marks).  If that fails, try the author.  It's also a good idea to think of subject terms and themes that you want to discuss.  The reference librarians (libraryref@sanjuancollege.edu) are always glad to help with this!

Nursing and Other Allied Health Professions

If you have been given an assignment for find a journal article you will want to make sure you are only looking in scholarly journals.  This can be easily done by either going to a database that only has scholarly works such as ScienceDirect, or you can search a more general database such as Proquest or Expanded Academic ASAP (Infotrac) and just make sure that you select "Scholarly journals, including peer-reviewed" or "peer-reviewed publications," which is usually an option just below the search box, as seen in the example below:

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[NOTE: if you are using an off-campus computer, you will be prompted for your student username and password when you attempt to access one of our library databases. This is the same username and password you use to log on to computers on campus. Our library subscription databases are only available off campus to SJC students and staff.]

If you are unable to find the full text of a particular article in our library collection or online, you might consider using our InterLibrary Loan Services.

Biography

You can search general databases such as Proquest or Expanded Academic ASAP (Infotrac) and select "Scholarly journals, including peer-reviewed" or "peer-reviewed publications," which is usually an option just below the search box, as seen in the example below:

Demo

Literary Criticism

Finding Literary Criticism

Getting literary criticism of a work can sometimes be the hardest part of literary research, but it's not impossible.  The first thing you want to do when looking for actual literary criticism is make sure you are only looking in scholarly journals.  This can be easily done by either going to a database that only has scholarly works such as JSTOR, or you can search a more general database such as Proquest or Expanded Academic ASAP (Infotrac) and just make sure that you select "Scholarly journals, including peer-reviewed" or "peer-reviewed publications," which is usually an option just below the search box, as seen in the example below:

Demo

Of course, thinking of key words can also be a challenge.  It's always worth a try to search for the work itself (search for exact titles using quotation marks).  If that fails, try the author.  It's also a good idea to think of subject terms and themes that you want to discuss.  The reference librarians (libraryref@sanjuancollege.edu) are always glad to help with this!

You can search general databases such as Proquest or Expanded Academic ASAP (Infotrac) and select "Scholarly journals, including peer-reviewed" or "peer-reviewed publications," which is usually an option just below the search box, as seen in the example below:

Demo

Geology

You can search general databases such as Proquest or Expanded Academic ASAP (Infotrac) and select "Scholarly journals, including peer-reviewed" or "peer-reviewed publications," which is usually an option just below the search box, as seen in the example below:

Demo

Mathematics

You can search general databases such as Proquest or Expanded Academic ASAP (Infotrac) and select "Scholarly journals, including peer-reviewed" or "peer-reviewed publications," which is usually an option just below the search box, as seen in the example below:

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