These library databases have electronic books on literary subjects:
Just a quick reminder about Boolean Operators?
Depending on the direction of your paper, you may need to consult other databases. The library databases page has a drop down menu that allows you to narrow the list of databases according to subject matter. Open up the drop down menu by clicking on the word "Any" in the box next to where it says "Show Only" at the top of the page. Then select your subject area.
For your convenience, here it is in black and blue:
The main databases you want to use are EBSCOhost (Academic Search Elite and MLA Int'l Bibliography), LION, JSTOR, and maybe Salem Literature. I recommend that you start with EBSCO because you can most easily refine your search there. Here's my famous strategy for Literature Criticism Seconday Source finding:
1. Choose Academic Search Elite and MLA Int'l Bibliography from the first list and click on continue,
2. The search screen has three empty boxes. Make them look like this:
Angelou, Maya (Make. Sure. You. Spell. Her. Name. Correctly.)
AND "caged bird" (or other distinctive words from another title. if there are more than one, put them in quotes to keep them together)
3. Ignore the drop-down boxes to the right of the formerly empty boxes. If you leave them alone you will be doing a Googlish keyword search and that is what we want.
4. Ignore most of the stuff beneath the thick horizontal green line. Check the boxes next to Full-text Only and Scholarly (Peer-Reviewed) Journals to make sure your results come from the appropriate sources.
5. Click SEARCH and you should get a nice list of stuff. Click on the title for more info about the article including other keywords you could use and a short abstract or summary (this is not the article and can't be used as a source). Click on PDF Full-Text or HTML Full-Text to see and read the actual article.
6. Use this same strategy or a variation of it for the other databases I mentioned. Exceptions:
Salem Literature is a collection of ebooks about literature criticism. Not all authors and works are covered here, but if your selected writer is, you'll find a plethora of good, scholarly information. Watch this quick video to learn how to search this collection.
TED Talks: https://www.ted.com/talks Select "More" to expand your search criteria choices.
PBS interviews: http://www.pbs.org/ Use the Search Box in the upper right side of the page. Search your topic with the word interview. (examples: Kate Chopin interview , fast food interview , social media interview)
National Public Radio podcasts: http://www.npr.org/podcasts/ Click on the magnifying glass in the tiny circle to open up the search box. Type in your topic/keywords and click on the magnifying glass to search. In your results page you can further narrow down your search.