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ENG 406 Advanced Critical Writing: Life-Writing: Home

About this guide

The links on this webpage are meant to help you to identify sources for your final project bibliography and paper in ENG 406. This list is not exhaustive, but it is meant to get you started locating secondary sources for you; depending on your topic, you may want to explore other directions among the library collections. You can contact Patrick Williams if you have any questions about doing so or to get recommendations based on your interests.

Reference Resources

Recommended Databases for Secondary Sources

refine search resultsYou can use Summon to locate articles, book chapters, and books available electronically. Start from the Library homepage and enter your search terms. Then, on the search results page, filter by selecting "Full Text Online" under Refine Your Search. You may limit just to ebooks by also selecting "Book/eBook" under Content Type.

This is an enormous system that searches across over 600 of our subscription databases, so depending on your search terms you may get lots of irrelevant search results. To focus more on the disciplines and publications that are likely to serve as strong sources for your assignments, take a look at the specific subject databases below.

The MLA Style

MLA: Modern Language Association

MLA style for documentation is widely used in the humanities, especially in writing on language and literature.

From the MLA website:

MLA Formatting