COM LIT 1B: Autobiography and Fiction

Article Databases

Search an article database to find citations (title, author, title of journal, date, page numbers) for articles on a particular topic.  The Library gives you access to over 200 article databases covering different disciplines.

1.  Think about which academic disciplines might write about your topic.  Examples:  literature, film, anthropology, history...

2.  Find the appropriate article database by subject (academic discipline or department).  Look for "Recommended" databases.

Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject

Article Databases for Literature

    Includes over 1000 scholarly journals with access to more than 2 million articles. JSTOR is an archive which means that current issues (generally the most recent 3-5 years) of the journals are not yet available.
  • MLA International Bibliography
    Indexes journal articles, series, monographs, dissertations, bibliographies, proceedings and other materials supporting critical scholarship on literature, language, linguistics, and folklore. Sponsored by the Modern Language Association.

About JSTOR!

Library home > Articles > General Article Databases > JSTOR

Everyone Loves JSTOR:

  • interdisciplinary
  • scholarly
  • full text available AND searchable - you may find topics you won't find elsewhere because they're only part of an article on a related topic
  • covers journals from their earliest publication dates


  • DOES NOT INCLUDE THE LAST 3-5 YEARS of a journal!  not good for contemporary topics!
  • doesn't include as many journals in a particular discipline as the discipline-specific database (example: MLA Bibliography for literature)

Sample Searches

Library home > Articles > General Article Databases > JSTOR

1.  advanced search

near25      autobiography           

2.  advanced search

dickinson  (item title)
(full text)

add a field

autobiograph* (full text)

Narrow by:


Narrow by discipline 

language and literature

* = truncation/wildcard symbol   child* = child, childs, children, childish, childhood...

Green check marks indicate full text available via JSTOR; orange icon - click on title of article and use UC e-links (see below).  Questions?  ask for assistance!

JSTOR: The Movie! (1 min 40 sec)


Library home > Articles > Article Databases by Subject > Literature > MLA Bibliography

1.     kincaid, jamaica  (keywords)
          my brother

2.     add another term

kincaid, jamaica  (keywords)
my brother

3.     delete a term

kincaid, jamaica  (keywords)

MLA Bibliography:  The Movie!  searching, revising, saving, creating a bibliography, and UC e-links

Search Results

  • click on the title to see full record (including abstracts and descriptors)
  • to limit by publication type (peer-reviewed journals, conferences, books, etc.) click on the appropriate tab or link
  • if necessary,look for other limits (latest update, journal articles only, english only) and more advanced searches
  • select records to save to your personalized list; lists may be e-mailed, downloaded, printed

UC-eLinks - Find Article Text/Location

Once you've searched a database to find articles, you may need to use UC-eLinks orange logo to link to a PDF or html file if the full text is not immediately available. Each database is a bit different, but a good rule of thumb is this: when you see the Uc-eLinks icon click on it to view your article access options, which can range from full text to a call number to an Interlibrary Loan request:

UC e-Links image

For more information, here's a tutorial on using UC-eLinks.

Last Update: February 02, 2012 16:57 | Tagged with: autobiography