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ENG 4 - The Fault in Our Stars and 1984: Databases

Sources for writing a research paper exploring the philosophical perspectives in "The Fault in Our Stars" or the contemporary issues raised in Orwell's "1984."

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Recommended Databases

Academic Search Complete

Over 7000 full-text journals and magazines spanning a broad range of important areas of academic study including philosophers and philosophy.

Good starting place for contemporary issues and analyses of current events.

Biography in Context

Biographical information on over 320,000 people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines.

Good resource for information on authors' and philsophers' lives. Includes analysis of themes and reviews.

Blooms Literary Reference Online

Examines great writers, important works, memorable characters, and influential movements and events in world literature. NOTE: Not much information on John Green will be found here, but there will be lots of sources focused on George Orwell.

Search for authors, works, literary criticism, literary themes, characters. **Look for the section called "How to Write About ..." for additional ideas.**

  • How to Write About "1984"
  • How to Write About "George Orwell"
  • Kierkegaard
  • existentialism

Literature Resource Center

Includes literary criticism, explication, biographies, bibliographies, work overviews, Web sites, and reading lists.  Information about 100,000 novelists, poets, essayists, journalists, and other writers.

Search for authors, works, and themes

Peer Reviewed???

Peer review is the process of submitting drafts of articles for critical assessment by experts in the field or discipline before articles are accepted for publication in scholarly journals.  The peer review process helps ensure the quality of informtion that is published in that field.

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