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Dr. Sirabian's English Courses: ENGL 385: Rowling & Dickens

Books on Reserve

Specific Journals

Use the library's Journal Title A-Z search to look up specific scholarly journals such as Dicken's Quarterly or Victorian Studies.


Search@UW (finding books)

Use Search@UW to search for books. Limit specifically to books by using the "books" resource type on the left side of the search results. Or use the "Books & Media (UWSP)" or "Books & Media (UW System)" scopes.

Try combining these suggested search terms with your more specific book/author (i.e., Harry Potter, Rowling, David Copperfield, Dickens).

  • history and criticism
  • criticism and interpretation

In addition, try browsing the shelf using these call number ranges.

  • PR 6068 O93 (Harry Potter)
  • PR 4558 (David Copperfield)

Visit our helpful guide for more about using call numbers to locate items in the library.

Recommended Databases (finding articles)

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Subject Specific Databases

There are also many databases that are subject specific that may have more information pertinent to your topic. You are able to browse for specific subject databases by using the "Find Databases" link from the homepage. Then look for the subject drop-down box. Hint: if you are unsure where to search ask for help at the Reference Desk!

Search Tips

Helpful TipsStep 1:  Think about your topic and come up with search keywords. Then if possible, find difference expressions (synonyms) of your keywords. Hint: Once you find a good source, note what keywords or subject headings are used to describe the topic. Use these terms in additional searches.

Step 2: Effectively use your search keywords to produce the best results.

  • Use AND and OR. These are called "boolean operators" and will help refine your search.  
    • AND will combine two or more different concepts in one search to help narrow results (example: "harry potter"  AND "identity formation" 
    • OR will combine two or more expressions of a keyword to help broaden results (example: juvenile OR child OR youth)
  • Use quotation marks when searching for a phrase as a single topic (example: "David Copperfield")
  • Use the truncation symbol (asterisk *) to search for variations of a word (example: child* will find child, childish, children)

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