ENG 2120 - World Fiction

Subject Specialist Librarian

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Veronica Bielat
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165 TC/Purdy Library

Recommended Databases for Overviews and Background Information

The list of recommended databases below can also be accessed from the WSU Library Homepage (library.wayne.edu). These Article Databases will help you find BIOGRAPHICAL information, DEFINITIONS of special terms, and information about COUNTRIES and HISTORICAL TOPICS.


A megasearch that searches for books, articles and other resources across many library databases and the catalog. Use this search if you are having difficulty locating your topic in recommended databases.

Search here for articles, books, and more.

Books, Videos, Recordings, Interviews, Websites

Books (& More) from the Library Catalog:

You can find books on a historical topic, or a biography in book form of a famous person. You may also be able to find videos, or interviews in book form, or possibly in video or audio form (but there is less of this type of material in the catalog).



As far as Websites go, you can just try Google. But make sure that the information you use is from reputable sites. It is not a good idea to use Wikipedia information as a resource for research in college. You can find pretty good background information on topics there, but then use that information to search for something from a different source. Sometimes the bibliographies listed in Wikipedia can lead you to good resources. Don’t use personal websites as research resources.

Library Databases

Use these recommended databases to find JOURNAL, MAGAZINE (a.k.a. PERIODICAL), and NEWSPAPER articles.

NEWSPAPERS for Current Events

These databases provide access to worldwide newspapers where you can find articles on the current situation and issues confronting your country.

Citing Your Sources

As far as citation goes, you will find that MANY of the article and other databases, even the library catalog, include CITATION TOOLS. In the Library Catalog, you’ll find the words “Cite This” next to the catalog record for each item. You can usually choose the style you need, whether it’s MLA, or APA, or CHICAGO/TURABIAN.

Watch for these Citation Tools; they can be very helpful.