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ENG 216: Women in Literature: Finding Sources

Prof. Rachael Zeleny's ENG 216 course

Terms to Consider

When searching in the databases here are some useful terms to consider in addition to the author's name or title of the text:

  • feminism
  • feminist
  • women
  • gender
  • analysis
  • criticism
  • review
  • interpretation
  • commentary

Example searches:


Finding Books - Useful Subject Terms

Alvernia Catalog Quick Search

Finding & Citing Images

It is possible to discover images through library databases for your project.  This is preferential to a web search.  

However, when searching for images using Google (or any other search engine), always be sure to click through to the original website. Cite the original website NOT Google. It is important to ask yourself if this is a re-post or if it looks like the rights holder posted the photo.

How to Request a Book

Can't find the book you need?  There are several options for requesting an item.

  1. Before requesting a book, check the Library Catalog to make sure the library does not have a print or electronic copy of the title.
  2. If Alvernia does not have a print or digital copy of the book, use our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service to request it.
  3. Providing the title, author, and publication date will help the library locate the correct book. If you do not have a full citation for it, searching the title under Books in WorldCat may help you locate a more complete record to fully populate the ILL request.
  4. Books are delivered to the Franco Library through the mail. You will be notified to pick up your book when it arrives. Special arrangements can be made for pickup at Alvernia Centers or CollegeTowne.

Need help?  Ask a Librarian!

How to Request an Article

Can't find the full text of an article you need?  

Use our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service to request materials.  Before requesting an article, check the Journal Finder search to make sure the library does not own or have electronic access to the journal you need.  Simply type in the journal title and search!

Need help?  Ask a Librarian!