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LIT 317: Intro to Literary Studies: Quick Start

Welcome to the LIT 317 Research Guide. This guide will help you find scholarly books and articles to use for your annotated bibliography. This tab will get you started with finding books and articles using the main library search, as well as more specific tools such as JSTOR and Humanities Abstracts. Each section below has a "how-to" video to help you with your searching. 

The other tabs along the top go into more detail on the different types of information available to you and the role each should play in your upper-level literature research assignments, as well as some tips and tricks for advanced researching. 

If you have any questions or need help, please feel free to contact me, your librarian: 

Elizabeth Brookbank
1 (503) 838-8657
Available for one-on-one meetings (in-person or via Zoom). Email to schedule.

Finding Books and eBooks at WOU 

Search our library search engine (Primo) to find books and articles. Even if you can't make into the library physically, you can still access both e-books and print books. All print books will have scan and deliver options to have chapters e-mailed to you as a PDF, or you can request pick-up or mail delivery.

HOW TO: Find Books and eBooks at WOU 


How to search using Primo (the WOU library search engine)



Humanities Abstracts 

Humanities Abstracts covers topics including art, classical studies, dance, film, journalism, philosophy, religion, and much more. 

How to search using EBSCO databases (ex. Humanities Abstracts)


JSTOR Arts & Sciences covers more than 1,300 scholarly journals across all disciplines, some of which date from the 19th century. 

HOW TO: Find Articles from JSTOR 


Google Scholar 

Google Scholar This advanced Google search interface enables you to search specifically for academic research including journal articles, books, technical reports, conference proceedings, and other scholarly material. Just make sure to click the "Find It @ WOU" links to access articles through the library--you should never pay extra $$ for an article!

How to search Google Scholar


Modern Language Association (MLA) Style Aid

The MLA Style Aid includes in-text and works cited page examples, sample formatted papers, and links to additional MLA resources.

Noodle Tools - a cloud based software to help with your citations. Free for WOU students