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ENG 4 (Bummer) - Literary Analysis


Articles, including popular, scholarly, and scholarly-peer reviewed from periodicals are great for exploring a narrower, particular aspect of your topic. Each type of article can be found through our online library databases and offer a different sort of view, depending on there purpose.

To find articles, select one of the periodical databases that is useful for literature research listed to the right.  Once the database is open, search for your play, author, or theme by keyword, refine your results, capture relevant entries, and finally, be sure to enter in the citation information into Noodlebib or other citing tool.

Click here for information on the different article types.

Potential Searches:

Author Name*

Title of Work*


Social Issue

Historical Event

Philosophical/Political Influences

Time Period

* For the short short essay, you will want to focus on researching themes, social issues, literary theories, genres, etc. The short stories you are reading for class are contemporary and likely will have very little published about them.  

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Find Articles

open. search. refine. capture. cite.

JSTOR includes full-text articles published in academic journals covering a wide range of disciplines including literature and literary criticism.  This database is available to members of the San Francisco Public Library. However, anyone can qualify for a free SFPL library card. 

Options for obtaining a SFPL library card:

1. Attend the annual library card drive hosted by the LPC Library on campus. 

2. Fill out an application form and visit any branch of the SFPL. You must go in person; there is no online application process. Read more about it here.