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ENG 223 Prof. Ann Genzale Fall 2023

Overview: how to use OneSearch

Peer-reviewed journals

Peer-reviewed journals (sometimes called scholarly, academic, or refereed) have gone through a review process by experts in the field before being published. Peer-reviewed articles are highly specialized reports, usually representing original research, written by experts for an audience of experts.

Hostos Library has a number of databases that include scholarly works about literature.

Gale Literature*

Literature Resource Center*

Humanities Source


Literature Criticism Online

MLA International Bibliography

* these databases include peer-reviewed articles, but also include introductory topic overviews and reference articles, which can be a good place to start.

You can search multiple databases at once by using OneSearch or Google Scholar.

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PROS of using OneSearch:

you can find articles from many databases quickly, instead of having to go through databases separately

* you can find useful books and book chapters that are not included in the databases listed above

CON of using OneSearch:

* it will not find every article that you might find if you searched individual databases

* especially for works and authors that are less well known or discussed, you will eventually find more if you take the time to dig through individual databases

In OneSearch, to select only peer-reviewed journals, select "Peer-Reviewed Journals" beneath "Limit To."Screenshot of filter "limit to peer-reviewed journals" checked

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Use Google Scholar at this link, through our list of databases - doing so will show you what is available via full text at Hostos.

PROS of using Google Scholar:

* like OneSearch, it will find articles that may be in different databases

* it will also find some articles that are not in databases, but hosted on other sites (like university websites).

CONS of using Google Scholar:

* it may not find some articles that we have access to in our databases

* unlike OneSearch, it will not find any e-books or books that might be relevant to your searches

Using books for research

How to find a book on the shelf