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Most of the resources on this research guide are library-related materials, therefore you be prompted to log in with your Atlas username and password.

The suggested resources on this guide can be used to:

  • Select a work or author
  • Explore background information on work or author
  • Explore literature criticisms of the work or author

Literature Databases

Identifying Additional Databases to Use

Explore the library's database collection and see other databases that may be useful for your topic.

After logging in via Atlas, click on Search the Library and then go to Databases A-Z.

You will see a list of subject categories that you can expand. Within each category is a list of databases with content in that subject area.

Under All Subjects, you will be able to explore database categories to browse within each category is a list of databases with content in that subject area.


  • Use the blue "i" icon to find out more about each database's content.
  • Most good research involves using more than one source. Don't be discouraged if the first database you try does not yield enough results.


Reference Source

Gale e-Books can give you a basic definition of a particular literary theory, such as Realism, more information on particular literary themes, and overviews of particular works.

Finding Books and Ebooks

To find books and ebooks use the library catalog. Under Material Type, select Books

  • For print books, under Library select Valencia/West to limit to West Campus.
  • For print e-books, under Availability select Available Online.

MLA Guides online

Remember that although many of the library databases provide MLA citations for electronic sources, it is your responsibility as a student to ensure that all of your citations are correct. 

Be sure to compare any database generated citations to the library's MLA guides online (link below), the official MLA Handbook (located at the second floor Reference Desk), or your Little Seagull Handbook.

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