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English 199: Introduction to the Study of Literature

Discover - search multiple databases at once

Discover searches most of the Mount Holyoke library's subscription databases and the Five College Libraries catalog at the same time. It allows you to search materials in all formats (print and electronic, text and multimedia) and across subjects. This can be really useful - very helpful if the topic you're researching is interdisciplinary - or can be a bit overwhelming if you get a lot of results.  If the latter happens, you can always switch to searching the more focused, literature-specific databases on this page.

Literature databases

These databases track articles, books, and book chapters published in sources that cover the field of literature.

Multidisciplinary databases that include literature studies content


Literary companions are guides to an author and their works. They often include a sampling of articles that analyze different aspects of the author's works.  This can offer a useful place to start when you're just beginning to explore and haven't picked a research topic of your own yet. Keep in mind that you'll usually only find companions for better known, established authors.

To find out if there's a companion for an author you're researching, search the author's name and the term "companion" in the Five College Libraries Catalog. For example:

Five College Libraries Catalog Basic Search screen with the terms "william shakespeare companion" entered in the search box.

To limit your search to just only ebooks that are available to Mount Holyoke users, see the instructions at Finding ebooks in the Five College Libraries Catalog.

MHC Accessibility Barriers Form