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ENG 810 Fall 2018 (Dr. Tschofen) Advanced English Research Methods

Key Indexing Resources (some have partial full text content included)

RU Library Search Everything This search engine searches for books and audio-visual materials that are also listed in the library's catalogue, as well as journal articles (chiefly those that are available electronically), theses and dissertations, newspaper coverage from some recent and a selection of archival newspapers, and digitized content such as out-of-copyright books and journals that are available from sources such as The Internet Archive and The Hathi Trust. In practice, Search Everything is most useful for finding journal articles. Use the filters on the left to narrow your results. To search specifically for books or audio visual resources, use the actual Library Catalogue as highlighted on the Books and E-Books page.

If you want to try a more focused search restricted to databases emphasizing English Literature, try the following resources:

Search Tips for Comics and Comic Books

To explore your research questions in the context of the wartime (World War, 1939-1945) Canada, try multiple searches refining your search terms. Remember to keep exact phrases within "quotation marks," and to use capitalization when using the Boolean operators AND, OR, NOT.

Possible search terms:

comics OR "comic books"

canad*

superhero* OR hero*

"the name of the character or cartoonist under study"

Some Key Journals

Archival Newspapers

More Resources from the Toronto Public Library (TPL)

The Toronto Public Library has an excellent collection that supports the study of English literature, visual arts, history and other disciplines. Many scholarly works are only available at the Toronto Reference Library located on Yonge Street one block north of Bloor Street. These items generally must be used in the library. Some material is part of the vast circulating collection. Online databases and books are becoming more common.

Online Resources

Literature Criticism Online covers contemporary and classical literature, drama and poetry as well as children's literature.
Literature Resource Center is a database that is also available through Ryerson.
A TPL account is required for log-in.  All members of the Ryerson Community are eligible for TPL borrowing privileges

Google Scholar

What is Google Scholar?

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly and peer reviewed literature. From one search box, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites

As of March 2015, Wikipedia reported that approximately 160 million documents were indexed by Google Scholar. Coverage of topics in Google Scholar varies from discipline to discipline as many journal publishers do not allow Google to index their articles; in many cases searching subject specific databases will result in a better choice of articles.

If you are searching with Google Scholar on-campus you will automatically be given access to articles for which Ryerson has a subscription.  If you are using Google Scholar off-campus, you will need to configure Google Scholar to get access to those articles.

Configuring Google Scholar for Off-campus Use

For Google Scholar to know that you are affiliated with Ryerson (and that you should have access to Ryerson resources), you will need to configure your Google Scholar Preferences as follows:

  1. Go to scholar.google.ca and click on the Settings icon
  2. Choose Library Links from the left-hand menu
  3. Enter Ryerson in the search box
  4. Click in the box beside Ryerson University Get it! @ Ryerson
  5. Scroll down and click on the Save Preferences button

Once configured, you will see Get It! @ Ryerson links when you search Google Scholar and you will have access to all Ryerson's subscription resources.

Google Scholar Chrome Extension

Chrome users can install the Google Scholar Button to make finding articles and formating citations easy.  You can use it to:

  • Find full text of articles
  • Re-do your web search on Google Scholar
  • Format references in APA, MLA or Chicago style and copy them into your paper.

To take full advantage of the Google Scholar Button when off-campus, remember to configure your Google Scholar settings so that it knows you are from Ryerson and provides access to Ryerson subscribed resources.

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