If you use other sources, it is extra important to check the scholarly level yourself. Of course, your source needs to be meaningful and relevant, above all.
Your search strategy defines what you search, where you search and how you perform your search. In the course of your search process you take many decisions that affect the quality of search results and the time needed to get those results.
The main decisions in your search strategy relate to:
Or check the complete list of search engines on English language and culture.
You can perform a basic search, limit your results to for instance publication year and source type or go to 'similar results'.
Not all titles are available in the University Library. Use the UBU link to check for availability.
For a quick search, limit your results to (peer reviewed) journal articles. These are more often available in Utrecht than books.
The MLA has several useful options, such as exporting references to Refworks or citing an article using a specific citation style.
Google Scholar is a large search engine for scholarly publications. It searches primarily journal articles and, contrary to almost all other search engines, searches the full text. From Google Books the data of a large number of scientific books are included in Google Scholar. Also in this respect Google Scholar differs from classical scientific search engines such as Scopus or Web of Science.
Google Scholar's special features listed:
In the special Google Scholar LibGuide you will find all you want to know about successfully using this remarkable search engine
At Utrecht University, for English language and literature:
which means they are available anytime, anywhere.
Open Access means direct and free online access to scholarly research.
Authors put their articles on their web page or in a free accessible journal.
Unfortunately, just a fraction of research in Humanities is available in Open Access. For access to articles you are often confined to the journals subscribed to by the library.
English language and literature is studied worldwide, making the amount of research published very high. The library can only acquire a small portion of these publications. This means you will often fail to find a specific book in the library.
We try in all possible ways to make sure that the books our patrons need are avaible.
If you can't find a book in our library, you can send a request to the subject specialist. For instance when a book is essential for your master thesis or when you suspect that other students of researchers will also be interested.
When the book is as an ebook, we can provide it to you very quickly.
The number of journals on English language and literary is very high, from well-known peer reviewed journals to local magazines.
Using MLA International Bibliography you can search the contents of more than 400 journals for the English language and literature only! And that for a specialism actually more focused on books.
The good news is: most quality journals on this specialism are available in Utrecht.