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ENC 1102 - Bielecki (Ybor City): SEARCH

Resources discussed and demonstrated during Ms. Bielecki's ENC 1102 courses' library orientation, as well as composition and grammar resources

SEARCH: When you are ready to find peer-reviewed secondary (expert) sources

The resources on this page will lead you to peer-reviewed literary criticism and other secondary (expert) sources about works of literature across all genres — short stories, novels, plays, poems, and nonfiction — as well as information on authors and topics, full texts of many works, and more.

First, read the log-in instructions on the "Home" tab. Then read the search strategies below right and search the recommended literature databases linked at left or the entire HCC library holdings (including printed books) at right.

Search LITERATURE Databases for Online Resources



Search OTHER SUBJECT Databases for Online Resources

Although the literature databases are recommended, other library databases may also provide valuable resources, especially if your analysis uses a psychological or historical approach. Follow the instructions in the PDF below. You will likely have greater success by searching for the topic or issue rather than the title and author.

More Help with Database Searches

Search HCC Libraries for Print, DVD, and Online Resources

Find Books, Articles, Media, & more:

Some Search Strategies

eBooks, articles, and other online content require a log-in - refer to the Home/HCC ID info tab.

"Search Terms" are keywords and phrases (not a whole sentence) that describe your topic. The examples below are of some different ways you can use search terms to find sources:

  • "war of the worlds" wells
    • Title in "quotation marks" followed by author's last name.
      • Enclosing words that go together in quotation marks helps with phrase searching.
  • "war of the worlds" and wells and imperial*
    • Title of the work plus author's last name and topic keyword
      • The keyword truncated by the asterisk* picks up all forms of the word (imperialist, imperialism).
  • "british imperialism"
    • Topical keywords only.
    • Picks up material about the topic in general, not necessarily connected with a particular author or literary work.
  • wells, h.g.
    • Author's last name followed by a comma, and first name.
    • Lastname, Firstname search picks up material about the author's life and works in general.

Research and Library Help

Getting Started with Research: Videos

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Need More?

To search for resources, click the "SEARCH" tab above. For more information on ways to analyze literature, hover over the arrow of the "Genres" tab above and choose your work's genre from the drop-down list or click the "Critical Approaches" ("Crit Apprchs") and "(Literary) Periods" tabs above. Information on writing a literary analysis can be found by hovering over the "Writing" tab and choosing "Rhetorical Modes" from the drop-down list. For library assistance, tech support, and tutoring, click "Help!"

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