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ENGL 205G American Literature I & ENGL 255G American Literature II: Finding Articles in Library Databases

This guide is for students in either American Literature course.

See the best library databases we subscribe to for research about authors and literature. Learn some search strategies and tips when working with these search tools, view tutorials, and learn how to request items we don't have through Interlibrary Loan.

To access databases from off-campus, enter your MyNCC username (student id number) and password when prompted.

Suggested Library Databases

For background information (straight-to-the-point, basic information on a topic), go into one of these suggested background sources and search your topics related to your author or work (such as, "civil rights movement" or "gender inequality"). These may be useful to get some basic facts and information about the historical or cultural context that influenced your author or inspired their work. You may also be able to find biographical information about your author by using them. 

Bloom's Literature is another useful database to use for biographical information about your author. It also may have information about the themes, characters, literary elements, and even literary criticism, analysis, and essays for the work or text you are researching.

Other databases that are useful for in-depth, detailed, literary criticism and analysis of authors and their works include:

If you aren't having luck searching a specific database or collection like the ones listed above, you can always try EBSCO Discovery Service as a way to search across all our collections. Remember to choose your search keywords carefully and apply appropriate search filters to help you navigate your results better. 

Video Tutorials

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) - If We Don't Have What You Need

If you forget to select full-text and see an article you want that we don't have access to or are searching online and find one that is asking you to pay for it, you can use the library's Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service to request the article from another library. The best part? It's free! Fill out a request form here.