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English Composition: Joan Didion (21:355:102): English Literature Research

This course guide was created specifically for Instructor Emily Caris' Spring 2018 ENG 102 class.


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English Literature Research

Please see the boxes below for 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":

·         Year of Magical Thinking

·         On Keeping a Notebook       


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

·         Joan Didion


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

·         Year of Magical Thinking (Name of Work) AND Joan Didion (Person-By or About)

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:

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

·         SU: "Didion, Joan"

·         TX: Didion AND "Year of Magical Thinking"

·         TX: Didion AND "Goodbye to All That"

·         SU: "Didion, Joan" AND politic*

·         "essay genre"

·         SU: ("literary journalismOR "new journalism") AND TX: (history OR develop* OR origin OR evolution)

·         TX: Didion AND TX: (grief OR loss OR bereave* OR mourn*)

·         TX: Didion AND TX: "Blue Nights"

·         TX: Didion AND TX: (place OR California OR "New York") 

Physical Sciences Librarian

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Bonnie Fong
John Cotton Dana Library

185 University Ave

Newark, NJ 07102-1814

(973) 353-3811

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