Finding Materials

Primary Sources (Books/Ebooks)

In the study of English literature, the actual text is the primary source.

Use Omni to locate the literary work. Select Books or E-Books from the drop down menu. Enter the author's name with the surname first and type the title in the search box.

If you do not have a specific resource in mind, try a keyword/subject search.

Tip:  Once you find one or more good resources, look at the SUBJECT headings that have been used to describe them.  Follow those SUBJECT heading links to find related resources.

Suggested Subject Headings

  • English fiction - History and criticism - 20th century
  • Modernism (Literature) - Great Britain

Other tips: Remember to include Boolean operators, AND, OR, NOT in your search query to obtain meaningful results:

Example:    Wilfred Owen NOT Rupert Brooke

Current students, faculty and staff can use our Interlibrary Loans service or complete a RACER request to borrow items not owned by MacOdrum Library.

Secondary Sources (Journal Articles, E-journals, Newspapers, etc.)

General Searching in the Databases

If you are looking for articles by a particular author, select AUTHOR from the drop-down list.
If you are searching for a particular article, enter the title and select TITLE from the drop-down list.
For KEYWORD/SUBJECT or key phrase searching, most database search engines encourage you to put your related terms (OR searching) in the same row, and your unrelated concepts (AND searching) in separate rows.  For more search tips, see Omni Search Tips.

If you know which journal you would like to consult, look up the title of the journal (NOT the title of the article) in Omni.  If you do not have a particular journal in mind, you should consult a database.

If you know which database you would like to search, you can select it by title on the library web site.

If you do not know which database to use, go to databases by subject.

Tip:  Most databases provide a way to restrict the results of a search to peer-reviewed or academic articles. This may be done differently from database to database: check the Help pages for more information.

Recommended Databases



Consult the News Guide for details of news sources. 

Tips for searching newspaper databases.




Content last reviewed: January 26, 2021