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ENGL 1102 Harrison: Literature in Context: Finding Articles in Databases

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When researching literature topics, your best bet is to go to specific databases instead of the Discover Search (that big search on the library homepage.) 

Literature Databases - Best Bets

Decorative star  Our top recommendations for literature research in this assignment.

More Literature Databases

Database Tutorials

If you need instructions on using a particular database, you may find a video tutorial produced by GSU librarians on this page. Tutorials Research Guide.

Pay particular attention to:

Primary and Secondary Sources in Literature

For Students in Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Literary Sources (formerly Artemis)

Discover for literary sources

Bloom's Literature


Other useful Databases

The search tools in this column are good sources for finding additional research about historical context or topics related to your work of literature.

Remember, while this guide highlights recommended databases, all databases are available from the library homepage, as shown in the image below.

Screenshot of library homepage showing Discover, Databases by name, and Databases by Subject

Discover Tool

Library DISCOVER search for articles, ebooks, media and more

The DISCOVER tool allows you to search multiple databases and the library catalog all at once.  (You can try it out in the search box above.)

Things you should know:

  • It does not include all GSU databases.
  • Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) are optional
  • It automatically searches within the full text of articles, but not books.
  • It includes GIL-Find@GSU resources, including books and DVDs.
  • It does not give you the same limiters as searching individual databases.


  • Use the Advanced Search Option to enter multiple search terms. For literature searches, use one for your author, one for the title if the work, and  an extra for a theme keyword or simply the term criticism.
  • Limit the disciple, for example for literature, limit to to Literature and Writing.

Non-literature Databases

You may need information about a topic relevant to your piece of literature -- not necessarily from literature-related databases. 

Multi-Subject Databases

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