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Research and resource guide for English comp and literature.

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Written by scholars or experts in the field. Scholarly articles, also called academic articles, can be found using databases and cover a wide range of topics and can either be original research or analysis of an issue or topic.

Features of Scholarly Sources

  • Usually take the form of books or journal articles.
  • Often peer-reviewed.
  • Generally, present in-depth analysis or summaries of a topic.

Finding Scholarly Sources: 

This video is a brief introduction to the scholarly and popular sources you will come across while researching. What are they and how do you know what to use for your assignment?

You can search the library website for books and other materials and request them for pick up at the library. UIS Library is also a member of I-Share, which means our students can access materials available at other Illinois colleges and universities. Watch this short video to learn more about how to search and request materials.

Additional Resources

Finding Literary Criticism in the Library Catalog

If you do not have references to any particular works of criticism, you can search in the catalog by the author's name.  Enter the name of the author (last name, first name - i.e. Kingston, Maxine Hong), in the search box and search by Subject (not Author). 


For Maxine Hong Kingston there are several relevant subject headings that will help you find criticism of her works. 

General heading for criticism:
Kingston, Maxine Hong--Criticism and interpretation.

Heading for criticism of particular works:
Kingston, Maxine Hong. Woman warrior.

Headings for books that discuss particular themes in her work:
Kingston, Maxine Hong--Religion.


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