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.
Thinking up the right search terms is one of the major parts of your search strategy.
Go looking for corresponding terms for each part of your search question. Don't forget:
And also think of the different word forms:
Correct your search terms along the way. If you do so from the very start, you will soon see which (new) terms produce the right results, and which terms don't. Repeat this method as long as it takes.
You don't have to reinvent the wheel. Use resources:
Searching for literature is not a goal in itself. Aside from looking for publications, you also want to make a scientific contribution yourself by writing a thesis or article. The LibGuide Schrijfwijzer voor Moderne Talen (in Dutch) and the Chicago Manual of Style are useful resources on academic writing.
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.
The MLA International Bibliography contains descriptions of journal articles, essays and books in the fields of literature, language and linguistics.
You can perform a basic search or limit your results, for example, to 'publication year' and/or 'source type' or use 'similar results' to find results which are comparable to your original search term(s).
Not all titles are available in the University Library. Use the UBU link to check for availability.
Tip: Do you want to quickly search for publications that are most likely to be available via the University Library? Try limiting your results to journal articles and peer-reviewed publications. In comparison to books, journal articles and/or peer reviewed publications are more likely to be available via the University Library.
Tip: The MLA also has many useful options for streamlining your workflow, such as exporting references to Refworks or correctly 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
Open Access means direct and free online access to scholarly research.
Researchers publish their articles on their own web page or in a journal that is freely accessible to everyone.
Unfortunately, just a fraction of research in the Humanities is available as Open Access. For access to articles, you are often confined to the journals subscribed to by the library.
If there is a specific journal that we do not have access to but which you think would suit the library, you can send a request to your subject specialist.
Click here for more information on Open Access and Open Science at Utrecht University.
The English language and literature is studied worldwide, which means that the number of publications is high and continues to increase. Unfortunately, the library can only acquire a small portion of these publications, so you may fail to find a specific book or resource in the library.
We try to provide as many resources as possible to our patrons. If you cannot find a book, journal, or other publication in our library, you can contact us for specific requests. For instance, when a book is essential for your master thesis, or you suspect that other students or researchers will also be interested.
When the book is available as an e-book, we can provide it to you very quickly.
The number of journals available worldwide on the English language and literature is very high, with publications ranging from well-known peer reviewed journals to local magazines.
In the MLA International Bibliography you can search the contents of more than 400 journals on the English language and literature! This is a remarkable amount of information for a field which is mainly book-oriented.
The good news is that most quality journals in the field are available through the University Library.