Library Databases are subscription collections (i.e. things that we pay to access) of research sources including: Periodical (Magazine, Newspaper, Trade Journal, Scholarly Journal) articles, electronic Reference Books, Images, Videos, Primary Documents and more.
So why do we pay for them when Google and the Web exist?
PASSWORDS for using Databases from Home are on CANVAS.
They are on your Utility-Period page. Click on the "Library Resources" link there.
CLICK HERE, to go to CANVAS They are not posted directly on this page. You must Log-in to CANVAS.
WHY USE GALE? Gale has "Gale Literary Sources" which searches an extensive eReference collection as well as the "Literature Resource Center". These are the best sources of Literary Criticism and Literary Journals that we have. You may also need to search for thematic or topical material if you are relating your primary sources to any non-literary concepts. Gale has strong databases and eReference books in: Science, US History, Current Events & Global Issues, and more...
Best Bets for Honors Literary Criticism
Although this is a Literary Criticism essay, you may still need to use research from other fields (history, psychology, political science, etc.), and thus other databases, for contextual purposes.
WHY USE EBSCO DATABASES? Literary Reference Center is of comparable quality and use to Gale's Literature Resource Center. Also:Ebsco has our largest collection of Scholarly/Academic Journals, Popular Magazines, and Newspapers, which may be useful for going beyond your author's works, or for establishing historical context for your sources.
WHY USE BRITANNICA? To get background information and fuel better searches.
NOTE FOR THESIS WRITERS:
Britannica is an Encyclopedia, a tertiary source, that is useful for gaining background knowledge and understanding, but not worth citing in an academic paper.