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ENG/WRI 223 - Games and Literature: Databases

Research guide for Dr. Leonard's class on library resources for the final project for the course

OneSearch

The OneSearch is the library search algorithm that aggregates all the subscription, licensed databases together for you. 

  • Research databases use keywords, not sentences (natural language)

  • Take a couple of minutes to write down synonyms for each of your keywords.

  • Use your most specific search first, and then broaden your search if you need to.

Popular Databases

A great place to start to look for databases is the POPULAR DATABASES page.

Under ARTICLES, check out:

All of these have scholaraly vetted articles for your to choose from. All three also include large collections of academic-level ebooks.  The ebooks are listed also in the BOOKS, EBOOKS and MEDIA index, but all three databases have different search algorithms, so your results will look different in each one.

Some Tips:

  • Searching in the ARTICLES databases is by keyword, so it is based in conversational language rather than the controlled vocabulary in the Books, Ebooks, and Media interface.  For example, you can search Storytelling in Video Games, rather than Transmedia Storytelling.

  • Use your most specific search first.

  • These databases will correct spelling errors, just like Google.