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ENGL 202 Science Fiction Research Step by Step: 1. Choose Your Resource

A guide for Spring 2021 ENGL 202 students to learn how to research and cite.

Where to Begin

When researching fiction, there are a few different avenues to begin on. Are you looking for Criticism, Reviews, or Biographies about the author?

There are a few main sources to begin your research: the catalog, databases, and web research.

First, try the library catalog to find items in the building or electronic books and articles in our databases. I used the AND operator to search an author name AND an item category I'm looking for.

Try practicing in the catalog search below.


Databases can offer a place to find thousands of articles in one spot. Using your AND/OR/NOT operators you can combine many different search facets to (often) find exactly what you want.

The databases below are the best options at Gonzaga for helping you with this topic.

Gale Literary Database allows you to search by Author Name and Work.

JSTOR is completely full text, and allows you to search by discipline specific journals.

MLA International Bibliography gives the most direct research based literature articles, but is primarily index only. So you will most likely have to place an Interlibrary Loan request.

Search Operators




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