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ENGL 150: Gender Politics in African Fiction

What is a Database?

What is a database?

The library databases contain journal articles and other scholarly information. Sometimes a database will contain the entire journal article, and sometimes it will only contain an abstract. Databases are searchable by subject, keyword, author, and more. They can be seen as the tool that you use to search and access scholarly publications, such as peer-reviewed journal articles. 

Finding Journal Articles

Best Bets 

Swem Library databases, linked below, are organized by category, usually aligning by discipline. You might also find valuable information in our Multidisciplinary databases - like Academic Search Complete, also below.

English Databases

Accessing Articles

How to Access Articles

You may notice that the database doesn't always provide you with a PDF of the article -- sometimes it will just give you an abstract. In that situation look for the "Find it @ W&M' button, which will take you back through our library website to get you access to the article.

If it's something that we don't have, you can request it by interlibrary loan. They'll send a PDF of the article straight to your inbox, typically within a few days! 

Constructing a good search

Not finding anything?

Research Librarian

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