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English Language and Literature

A guide to English language and literature resources in UVic Libraries.

Steps to conducting research

Familiarize yourself with the main ideas, figures, dates, and related topics before narrowing down your topic

  • Look for scholarly sources on the topic: Course reserves (including textbooks), required readings, Encyclopedias, Dictionaries and Handbooks are a great way to familiarize yourself with a topic
  • Once you identify a topic and find some preliminary information, you need to locate more "peer-reviewed" or "scholarly" information from refereed journals (check your instructor's notes in your assignments)

Finding articles using databases 

Read the sources located in the preliminary research to determine

  • what research questions have been generated from the topic
  • from what perspective you may approach this topic

Additional tips while using online academic source search engines

  • Consult the Libraries' Search smarter, not harder tips, including on how to:
    • Use Boolean Operators AND, OR, NOT to combine search terms
    • Use quotation marks to search as a phrase, parenthesis to combine synonyms or related terms, and use limits for dates, gender, primary sources, etc.
  • Contact your subject librarian for more help with starting your research and locating articles
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