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ENGL:1200:0053 The Interpretation of Literature: Home

Online resources for the research needs of students in ENGL:1200:0053 - The Interpretation of Literature with Instructor Matt Helm, Spring 2020

Access to materials

During the COVID-19 pandemic, access to the physical library and physical resources is unavailable. However, you will be able to find many resources online. 

Make sure you are logged in to InfoHawk+ to gain full access to our holdings, even from off-campus! Some databases may require an additional login.

If you find materials that are only available in physical (print) form, you can still request journal articles and book chapters through InterLibrary Loan (ILL). The options for requesting materials will be listed in its record. 

If you have any questions, please contact ILL or your librarian. We are happy to help!

Research tips

The databases listed in this guide are the best bets for finding materials for ENGL:1200. They will contain credible resources for your academic work. 

When searching for critical interpretations of your selected texts, remember that they don't have to agree with your thesis. Sometimes, the arguments made by someone with opposing claims provides an opportunity to strengthen your own claims.

Each database will have tips and hints on how to use it. Don't be afraid of tutorials and help buttons.

Remember to cite your sources.

If you have questions or problems, contact your librarian!


WorldCat (or world catalog) searches the holdings of libraries all around the world. If InfoHawk+ doesn't have what you are looking for, try WorldCat - it contains over 2 billion records for items! And many of those items are available for you to borrow through Interlibrary Loan.

Use the "Libraries worldwide that own item" link to see which libraries have the items you want. You can then "Request item" from the link on WorldCat. Not everything that you see on WorldCat can be borrowed, but it's worth checking into!

Search for an item in libraries near you: >>


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