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English Research Guide

Find research and resources relevant to English Studies, including literature and linguistics, creative writing, and rhetoric, composition and pedagogy.

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Find Scholarly Articles via UH Libraries

UH Libraries provide access to research that is not freely available on the Web.
Search these core tools to find literary criticism or try additional search tools.

Find Newspaper Articles via UH Libraries

Consult a complete list of Newspaper search tools.
To find microfilm copies of Newspapers, search the catalog for the title of the newspaper.
Microfilm readers (with print/email/USB capabilities) are found in the basement of M.D. Anderson library.

Scholarly vs. Popular vs. Trade

Different types of publications have different purposes and different audiences. When we talk about journals, we can usually divide these publications into three broad categories: scholarly, popular, and trade publications.

  Scholarly Articles Popular Articles Trade Articles
Purpose Informs and reports on original research done by scholars and experts in the field. Entertains and informs a general audience without providing in-depth analysis. Reports on industry trends and new products or techniques useful to people in a trade or business.
Authors Articles are written by subject specialists and experts in the field. Articles are written by journalists, freelance writers, or an editorial staff. Articles are written by specialists in a certain field or industry.
Audience Intended for a limited audience - researchers, scholars, and experts. Intended for a broad segment of the population, appealing to non-specialists.

Intended for practitioners in a particular profession, business, or industry.

chart courtesy of Kristina De Voe at Temple University Libraries

Article Citation

Use this example to help you understand the citation elements of a journal article.

MLA or JSTOR?

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MLA is the research tool for literature. The MLAIB:

  • most accurately reflects the state of literary studies in the United States and internationally.
  • includes listings of scholarly journal articles, books, book chapters, and dissertations, published from 1926 to the present. 
  • is excellent when you want to learn current research trends for an author or text.

Use subject headings to determine what the material is covering. Subject headings are the key to organizing your search strategy.

JSTOR contains full-text articles, books, pamphlets, & reviews from a wide range of disciplines, including language & literature. JSTOR:

  • scans the complete article for your term(s), so choosing and combining your keywords is key.
  • is excellent when:
    • you need research on an author or text, and
    • when you want to learn who else cited a particular article.