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ENGL 280 (Kenyon): ENGL 280

Access Databases Off Campus

  • Use your SURF ID & password to access databases from Off-Campus
  • Always use Library web page links to access research databases


Search tips

Try using both keyword and subject searches.
Use the subject terms generated by your search.
Limit the search by date, if appropriate.
Limit by scholarly or peer-reviewed publications.


No Results?

  • Check your spelling.  While Google will correct spelling, databases do not.
  • Are you in an appropriate database? Check the descriptions or ask a librarian.

Too Many Results?

  • You may not have used appropriate search terms, or you may have used too few search terms.
  • Try adding one or more search terms -- llink them with AND.
  • Fewer search terms = More results, possibly less relevant

Not Enough Results?

  • Are you in an appropriate database? Check the descriptions or ask a librarian.
  • Broaden your search by decreasing the number of search terms (keywords.)
  • Generally the more search terms you use, the fewer results you will get.
  • More search terms = Fewer results, greater chance of relevance

Getting Started

Margaret Atwood : poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, inventor, and environmental activist

Find Background Information

Britannica Online (reference database) Includes the complete encyclopedia, as well as Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, and the Britannica Book of the Year.

Gale Virtual Reference Library (reference database) Offers multi-volume encyclopedias, biographical collections, and specialized reference sources.

Find literary sources

Gale Literary Sources   A new platform for our literature resources from Gale (Cengage Learning). The new cross-search platform includes Literature Resource Center and Literature Criticism Online, as well as a robust collection of online reference books in literary studies.

Literature Resource Center A comprehensive Literature reference database; includes full-text biographical, bibliographical, and critical content. Based on the Thomson Gale printed reference series, including Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Literary Criticism Select, and Dictionary of Literary Biography.

Literature Reference Shelf (Salem Press)  Includes critical insights of selected authors, works, and themes; overviews of countries, peoples and cultures; and career descriptions

Magill OnLiterature Plus (EBSCO)  A premier literary database, combining Magill OnLiterature and Magill OnAuthors.

Find Books, e-books

Find more articles...

Academic Search Premier (EBSCO) This multi-disciplinary database provides full text for more than 4,600 journals, including full text for nearly 3,900 peer-reviewed titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for more than 1,000 titles.

JSTOR Full-text access to archives for over 500 scholarly journals in thirty arts, humanities, and social sciences disciplines.

Flipster Digital Magazines  Read your favorite magazines on your computer or mobile device. Access 50 different popular magazines and download them to read offline anytime, anywhere. Includes Film Comment, Poetry, Poets & Writers, Writer, and Writer's Digest.

Miracosta Library's Journals By Title  Find out which library databases cover a specific literary magazine or journal. Path: Research -> Databases -> Journals by title -> Literature & Writing

Need Assistance?

Interesting Web sites

Library of Congress, 

The Academy of American Poets was founded in 1934 to support American poets at all stages of their careers and to foster the appreciation of contemporary poetry. For more on Margaret Atwood, click here.

Poetry Foundation The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience.



Use Google!


 1. Site command: Google's site command will narrow or limit your search results to specific types of websites.

  • Government site:gov
  • Organization site:org
  • Educational site:edu
  • Military site:mil

Example:  vaccines controversy site:edu

2. Phrase searching

Use quotation marks "  " to search a specific phrase.
Example: "food poisoning" or "identity theft" or "early childhood education"


3. Set date range Google -> Tools (under Google's magnifying glass) -> Custom date range