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ENGL 201 (Wood) SU 22

Intro Test

  Welcome to the Library!

Hi, I'm Melissa Feinberg, your class librarian.

If you have any questions like finding articles or MLA citations, please send me an email at Happy researching!

Read Books for Juneteenth

Book cover for Juneteenth
Book cover for on juneteenth
Book cover for how the world is passed
Book cover for up from slavery: an autobiography
Book cover for Four Hundred Souls
Book cover for Remembering Slavery
Book cover for Word by Word : Emancipation and the Act of Writing
Book cover for Freedom in my Heart
Book cover for Ralph Ellison and the raft of hope
Book cover for Underground Railroad
Book cover for Sojourner Truth's America
Book cover for Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Book cover for Slave narratives after slavery
Book cover for Juneteenth Texas : Essays in African-American Folklore

Watch Films for Juneteenth

film cover for up from slavery
Film cover for Harriet
film cover for african americans: many rivers
film cover for The Civil War: Episode 3-Forever Free
Film cover for Slavery and the Making of America
film cover for whispers of angels
film cover for Slavery by another name
Film cover for Flight to Freedom: The Underground Railroad
film cover for ralph ellison

Learn About the Authors

Keyword tips

Keywords are the most important ideas in your topic.

Advanced search strategies: 

  • “Quotation marks” keep words together ("community college")
  • AND searches all terms ("community college AND textbooks")
  • OR finds either term; useful for synonyms ("books OR literature")
  • Truncation (shift 8 to get the asterisk) searches multiple variations of a word (comput* - computer, computers, and computation at once)

Grow your keyword list with: 

  • Words you read in abstracts, article titles, and subject headings

Start Your Research with Library Databases

Literature Databases

Scholarly Databases



Search scholarly journals, magazines, ebooks, and more

Search Tip

  • Select checkbox for "Limit your Results" to search Scholarly/Peer-Reviewed/Academic Journal Articles. 


Go to EBSCOhost Database



Search full-text scholarly journals and chapters from eBooks

Search Tip

  • Narrow by discipline in the Advanced Search and check the box for Language & Literature.
  • Browse by Subject and select Language & Literature under the Humanities heading.

Go to JSTOR Database

What is a Scholarly Journal?

Scholarly (or Academic or Peer-Reviewed) Articles are:

  • Written by experts in a subject who share original research
  • Published in a scholarly journal
  • Use technical language 
  • Use many in-text citations
  • Include lengthy references
  • Often include tables, charts, and graphs
  • Do not usually have advertisements

Learn how to distinguish between popular and scholarly articles: Is it a Magazine or Scholarly Journal?

Evaluate Your Sources

Ask questions to determine if a source is credible: 

Currency: Is the information timely? 

Relevancy: Does the information answer your research question.

Authority: Who is the source of information?

Accuracy: Does the information seem reliable, truthful, and correct?

Purpose: Why does this information exist? 

Use this checklist to evaluate for reliable sources: CSU Chico CRAAP Test