These resources that include a vast number of articles on topics in English, including literary criticism, as well as other articles from both scholarly and popular sources, so be sure to evaluate your sources in order to make sure they're appropriate for your project.
Databases respond well to keyword searching. To search efficiently, turn your research question into a keyword search:
Research Question: How is race portrayed in Octavia Butler's novel Kindred?
Search One: (Search with keywords connected by “and”):
race AND Octavia Butler and Kindred
Search Two: (Truncate some of the keywords using *):
rac* AND Octavia Butler and Kindred
Search Three: (Add alternate words into the search with “(or)”):
(rac* OR ethnic* OR stereotyp*) AND Octavia Butler AND Kindred
Truncate keywords where applicable. Truncation uses the asterisk (*) to end a word at its core, allowing you to retrieve many more documents containing variations of the search term. Truncation can also be used to find the singular and plural forms of a term. Example: educat* will find educate, educates, education, educators, educating and more.
Connect Google Scholar and the MCPHS Libraries to get to the full-text articles you find. Don't skip or pay for articles - check the Library first!
Next time you're searching, look for the MCPHS - Get Full Text (MCPHS). link next to each search result.
Don't see it? Click on more underneath the result.