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ENG 112: College Composition II - Short Stories (Purugganan - AL): Articles

Recommended Article Databases

Use the databases below to find literary criticism articles on many works of literature.

If you only want to find scholarly journal articles only, be sure to check a box titled "refereed" or "scholarly" or "peer reviewed" journals.

Periodical Types

Articles are published in periodicals, which is any type of publication published at a regular interval (weeks, months, etc.).  Periodical types include magazines, newspapers, trade publications, and scholarly journals.  More information on finding peer reviewed articles.

Search Tips

Select the most important 2-3 ideas related to your topic.  Put the word AND between each new word or idea; this tells the database to look for resources with ALL your terms.


"Death of a Salesman" AND "American Dream"

O'Brien AND "Things They Carried"

O'Brien AND "Things They Carried" AND redemption

What Are Peer Reviewed Journal Articles?

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Many scholarly journals use a process called peer review.

  • Before an article can be published in a peer reviewed journal, the journal requires that other scholars in the author's field (the author's peers) critically evaluate the article.
  • Peer review is a kind of quality control process to help ensure that the article represents the best scholarship available.

More information on finding peer reviewed journal articles.