Here are some suggestions to help you narrow down your searches:
- Use the AND drop-down menus in advanced search to combine terms (such as the author of your work and its title; the title of your work and a theme or concept; etc).
- Pay attention to the source types in your results. You are limited to scholarly essays and articles. The first result in the example below is a dissertation, which you would not be able to use for your essay. You can filter by source type in each of the databases on this guide.
- Use the date range options to narrow down results to only those that are appropriately recent (the past 10 years is a pretty safe bet).
|Best Bets for Scholarly Journal Articles
||Best Bets for Scholarly Critical Essays
|MLA International Bibliography
||Literature Resource Center
|Academic Search Complete
||Literature Criticism Online Archive
||Literary Reference Center