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Rosas - Junior Theme Research: Databases and Ebooks

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Databases vs. Websites

Databases and eBooks: Authoritative Content from Respected Sources

  • Paid for by the library. (Think of them as premium cable channels.)
  • Cannot be easily searched in Google.
  • Includes sources written by professors, scholars, journalists, etc.
  • Authority of information is verified by editors and publishers.

Websites : Onus* Is on You to Verify the Content  

  • Access is free. No one is paying for the content.
  • Anyone can publish a website. The information included is often not verified by anyone.
  • Must examine with a critical eye. You need to spend time determining if content is correct.

What about this one? It really works!

Onus means responsibility. It's your responsibility to be sure the content is correct. It's a better use of your time to use the library databases, when possible.


General & Subject Databases


Enter author or title to find literary criticism


Use GVRL to find biographical information, historical context, and literary criticism.  Search your book title, and use Novels for Students.


Use this database to find the historical context.  Simply search your decade or any major historical movement.


This contains literary criticism from the 20th century only.

Scholarly Databases


Find literary criticism in all three of these scholarly databases.