ENGL 211: Asian American Literature

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Literary Criticism

  • Literature Resource Center (LRC) http://www.usfca.edu/Library/databases/Literature_Resource_Center A full-text literature database that includes biographical and contextual information on authors, as well as excerpts of literary criticism and critical essays on their works (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, history, and journalism).
  • MLA International Bibliography http://www.usfca.edu/Library/databases/MLA_International_Bibliography The largest and most comprehensive database covering scholarship in the modern languages, linguistics, literature, folklore, and drama, including film, opera, radio, television and theater. Literary criticism and literary theory are covered extensively. Contains bibliographical records or citations dating from 1963 to the present. Unlike Literature Resource Center, this database only contains bibliographic citations.


Journal, Magazine, & Newspaper Articles

These databases index popular magazines, research journals and newspapers. They contain abstracts and citations, as well as some full-text articles. They can be useful for finding critical articles as well as book reviews.

  • Academic Search Complete
  • Ethnic News Watch  Full-text collection of the newspapers, magazines, and journal of the ethnic and minority press.
  • JSTOR Archive of selected, core, scholarly journals in many disciplines including the arts and sciences.
  • Google Scholar  Search engine for scholarly articles across many disciplines.


Subject specific databases

  • SocINDEX with Full Text  Citations and abstracts to the world's literature in sociology and related disciplines.
  • America: History and Life  Citations and abstracts on all aspects of U.S. and Canadian history, culture, and current affairs.




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Search Ignacio , the library’s catalog for books, videos and titles of journals on the library's home page.
Keywords: try combining different words and phrases (for example: Chinese and exclusion)
Subject Headings: try more general topics like Asian Americans California or Chinese American Women
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Reference Books

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