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Gendron: ENL330 Short Story Library Research

Search strategies and finding articles

Search Makeover: "The Rocking Horse Winner" and Criticism

  • The Problem:
    • I am not satisfied with the results of my Academic Search Premier search for "The Rocking Horse Winner" and criticism. 
    • Although the search was executed well, I only found the first three useful.
    • I need to find a bigger selection!
  • Strategy A:
    • Try other key words from the titles of the articles we did find:
      • "Rocking Horse Winner" and death 
      • "Rocking Horse Winner" and allegory
    • Be persistent in scrolling through new search results to find an article you like
    • Click on the subject headings in this article to link to similar articles
  • Strategy B:
    • Execute a "Field Search."
      • Change the drop-down menu to the right of the search terms to "Abstract." This will bring up articles with these terms in the abstract.
      • This increases the relevancy of your search.
  • Strategy C:
    • Change databases!
      • Though Academic Search Premier is a legitimate database, it will not have as many articles on literature as JSTOR and the MLA International Bibliography.
      • Try your search in these databases next!

Example: Search Makeover: "The Rocking Horse Winner"

  • New database: MLA International Bibliography
  • Kept "The Rocking Horse Winner," but accepted MLA's suggested terms: "criticism or critique or review or analysis or interpretation"



  • More interesting citations from this search: