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ENGL 1102

Scholarly sources

Many of your assignments - in ENGL 1102 and other classes - require you to cite a variety of scholarly sources, including books, book chapters, and academic journal articles. The best place to find scholarly sources are in the Library catalog and scholarly databases. Each database has a specialist kind of information to find. You may need to use more than one database to get all the information you need. 

From this page you can

  • Find books and book chapters in the Library catalog
  • Find academic articles in multidisciplinary databases like JSTOR and the Library catalog Articles+ search
  • View Library tutorials on accessing books

To find film and media sources and newspaper articles, see the Film, media, news page in this guide.

Most databases will let you copy-paste or export a formatted citation - look for a Cite button or quotation mark icon, and choose the style that your professor requires. In ENGL 1102 this is usually MLA style.

Cite button with quotation mark iconCite button with quotation mark on green backgroundCite button with yellow document icon

Find books and book chapters

The Library Catalog can be used to find a variety of resources, including

  • Books and book chapters from the Georgia Tech Library
  • Books from Emory University and the University System of Georgia

You can access the catalog from the Library website in multiple ways.

  • Use the Discover box on the home page
    • Click on a promising Book or Article result, or use the See All Results button to be taken to those resources
  • Choose the Catalog tab on the Discover box
    • This will take you straight to the library catalog and display primarily books from the Georgia Tech Library
  • Open the Find, Borrow, Request menu and choose Library Catalog
    • This takes you to the library catalog without running a search

What is a database and why use one

What is a scholarly database? 

A scholarly database organizes the best quality, most relevant information for a field or discipline in one place so it can be searched. Because there is so much scholarly research and so many different fields, databases specialize in which kinds of information or tools they provide. 

Why use a scholarly database? 

Scholarly databases take into account the important publications and research methods of a field or discipline. The database helps you make choices about which articles you want to see - by subject, dates of publication, overall topic, and more. Google and Google Scholar, while vast, do no quality control on the content they provide or give you good tools to narrow your focus. 

Find scholarly articles

The following databases are good starting points for finding scholarly articles. Use the Advanced Search option to combine keywords.

  • Combine synonyms and related terms with OR
  • Combine disparate concepts with AND to find articles that cover both concepts

Venn diagrams illustrating the Boolean operators AND, OR and NOT

Many scholarly databases include a thesaurus or subject terms list that will help you find appropriate, useful vocabulary and related keywords. One exception to this is JSTOR, which is a full-text resource. Use a variety of synonyms and related terms for your concept, and be as specific as possible for best results with JSTOR.

You can find disciplinary databases on the Library's A-Z Databases list - use the Subjects drop-down menu and look for the discipline or field you are interested in (e.g. computer science, engineering, public policy).

How to use eBooks

How to request a library book