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ENG 152: Censorship: Finding Articles & More

Off-Campus Access to Databases

To access any database in this Research Guide from off campus, you will need your myMCC login.

Literature Analysis Papers

If your research assignment requires you to write about literary criticism or literary themes, the following databases are a good place to start.

Selecting and Using Keywords Video (3:50)

keyword with magnifying glass over research

Joshua Vossler's video "Selecting and Using Keywords"

Keywords and Database Searching

  • Use specific keywords, not questions.
  • Revise your keywords to see how that changes your results.
  • Look for more keywords in the articles you find.

Quick Tips and Shortcuts for Database Searching (video 5:19)

Censorship is broader than books | Office of Intellectual Freedom

Research Tip: How to Search a Database

Research Tip: Free Web vs. Fee Web

The Free Web is made up of web pages you can find using Google and other free web search engines. Some assignments do not allow free web resources. Good material may be found here, but you might also find a lot of popular resources that are inappropriate for academic writing. Refer to our SCARAB for help in evaluating your sources.

The Fee Web (also known as the Hidden, Invisible, or Deep Web) includes subscription databases. You can limit your results to full text and scholarly, peer-reviewed articles that are often required.

Online Databases: a definition

An organized collection of computer records having a standard format designed for efficient retrieval of information. 

Advantages of Online Databases:

  • Can access remotely
  • Can limit results to full text of articles
  • More time efficient
  • Information is updated frequently
  • More flexible and precise searching
  • Access to more resources than could be physically located in the library

Google RSS Feed: Banned Books

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Creating Search Statements