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English Composition: War Dances (21:355:102): Find Articles

This course guide was created specifically for Instructor Antonio Lopez's Spring 2018 ENG 102 class.


There are several ways to seek help from a librarian:


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Introduction to Online Resources

To search for articles on your topic, start with one of the Rutgers University Libraries subscription databases.  Depending on your topic, there may be a number of helpful online resources.  This guide identifies a few suggested ones (out of the hundreds of possible online resources available) from which you might be able to find relevant articles.  

English Literature Research

Please see the boxes below for several databases in which you may search for literary criticism, as well as for topics related to English literature.

Literature Resource Center (LRC)

Literature Resource Center (LRC) is a full-text database covering more than 124,000 authors.  In addition to critical analysis of authors and their works, biographies and bibliographies are also included.


(Advanced) Search Tips:

1)  Consider searching by "Name of Work":

·         War Dances


2)  Consider searching by "Person - By or About":

·         Sherman Alexie


3)  Note that you can also combine different terms using the Advanced Search option, such as:

·         War Dances (Name of Work) AND Sherman Alexie (Person-By or About)

Literature Online (LION)

Literature Online (LION) allows full-text searching of 350 literature journals, as well as other criticism and reference resources.


Search Tips:


Under "Criticism," search "All Criticism:"

·         Title keywords: War Dances

·         Author/reviewer: Alexie, Sherman

·         Subject heading: Alexie, Sherman

MLA International Bibliography

MLA International Bibliography includes 2 million citations drawn from 4,400 journals and series and 1,000 book publishers.  It covers criticism and scholarship on literature from around the world.


Search Tips:

1. Consider searching Academic Search Premier at the same time!

·         Choose Databases


2. Depending on your topic, you may find searching by the following to be helpful:

·         "War Dances"

·         Alexie AND "War Dances"

·         TX: Sherman Alexie AND TX: (humor or satire)

·         TX: Sherman Alexie AND TX: interview

·         SU: "Native American" AND SU: family

·         SU: "Alexie, Sherman" AND TX: heritage

·         TX: Sherman Alexie AND TX: Kafka

·         TX: Sherman Alexie AND TX: baggage

·         TX: Sherman Alexie AND TX: (definition or terms)

Full-text articles

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