The Pratt Libraries provide both print and electronic access to finding articles from magazines, journals and newspapers. To find articles on a topic, try searching our online databases. To find a specific article, try our E-Journals search.
Databases contain citations, which often include brief summaries (called "abstracts"), helping you decide which articles are useful.
If the full-text of an article is not included with the citation in a database, you will need the citation to locate the full text article in either another database or in its print version.
To find articles on a topic, use library databases (a.k.a. periodical indexes).
*Remember that PrattCat, the library catalog, lists books and journals or magazines by their titles, not by the individual book chapters or articles contained within these materials. Databases do list (or index) individual articles and sometimes even book chapters. For this reason, using databases is important.
The following databases will be useful for literature-related research. You should consider searching in both general / multi-disciplinary databases, as well as discipline-specific databases, like those focused on literary topics and the humanities.
This video shows how to find articles through the libraries' databases. To enlarge the video, click on the bottom right corner of the player.
Listed are possible terms to use in PrattCat when searching for books related to literature.
What other search terms can you think of yourself?
There's no one "right" search. In fact, several searches will probably work best!
Possible Search Terms:
analysis / analytical
criticism / critical
theory / theoretical
writer / writing
Once you determine that an article appears to be relevant to your topic, you will need to locate the full text as well as cite the article later in your Bibliography or Works Cited page. For these reasons, make sure to save (email, write down, or save electronically) the full citation of your article.
A full citation includes the article title, journal or magazine title, volume, number, month, year, as well as page numbers. If you found your full text article via a database or online magazine, you will want to record that information for your bibliography, too.