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ENGL 786: Introduction To Graduate Study: Articles and Books

Bibliographic Databases

The two most prominent bibliographic databases for ECL are MLA International Bibliography and ABELL (Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature, which is searchable through ProQuest One Literature).  These databases index journal articles, dissertations, and book reviews to an almost exhaustive degree and include links to full text when available through UNC Libraries subscriptions.  For items where full text is not available online, ILL can provide a scan of our print copy or obtain a scan from another library. Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature

Other Resources for Secondary Scholarship

JSTOR and Project Muse are widely used, full-text database of scholarly literature.  ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global can provide useful bibliographies and models for structuring your own work.  Google Scholar provides the "cited by" feature which traces an article's topic from the time of publication forward.  When combined with an article's bibliography, you are then able to locate a project within a scholarly conversation.  Be sure to configure your Google Scholar account so that you gain full access to articles provided by the University Libraries. 

We have additional ECL databases, as well as hundreds covering other fields, on our E-Research by Discipline pages.

Finding Books

Start with a keyword search in the catalog. Once you have located a relevant item, you can look at the Subjects in the record and follow those links to find related books.

You can also refine your results by using the facets on the left side of the screen.

English literature -- Early modern, 1500-1700 -- History and criticism

Imagination in literature

Greek drama -- Modern presentation

Adjust the facet on the left side of the screen to expand your search to Duke, NC State, and NCCU Libraries.  To expand your search even further, try searching WorldCat.

Carolina BLU and Interlibrary Loan

Carolina BLU logo and link

ILL and Carolina BLU can help you get a copy of books or articles that we don't own, but it's also where you can place an item on hold or request a scan of an article not available online!

The Big Five

Five publishers have bought up a large portion of academic journals. One benefit is that you can search across journals on their websites (the library pays for most of this content).

Searching Within a Journal

If you find a specific journal title that is relevant to your topic, you can search for the title in our catalog.  After clicking on the button for "Full text available via the UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries" button, it will take you to a screen similar to the one above where you can search inside the journal.  More search functionality will be found within the database, but this search strategy is especially useful if years of coverage are across multiple databases.