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What is a Scholarly Secondary Source?


Locating Scholarly Criticisms

Literature Resource Center Search Tips

1.  Use no more than 3 keywords in search box.  

2.  Put "quotation marks" around a phrase.


 Look at hits:

1.  "wuthering heights" in quotes returned 226 criticisms.

2.  Now narrow down those hits to more specific hits by searching within those 226 results with another key search word.  See right side panel.

Here is an example of a more specific search:

After getting 226 hits, I searched within results with the keyword "isolation" and

now had only 38 hits to review.  Much better.  

One final thought, look at the type of documents returned.  Remember, I want criticisms

and not book reviews or biographical information.

See below:

JSTOR Search Tips

All Students must register with JSTOR and create individual accounts to search the site. Ms. Ruffing has the sign in link.  Once logged in, you should see your name on the top right of the page.

1.  Click advanced search just under the search box.

2.  Use "quotation marks" for phrases.

3.  Add another search term.

4.  Pay attention to the types of documents returned.  Reviews are not literary criticisms.



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