ENG 440 Course Guide

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YA Lit Course Paper - Where to Start

Searching in Project Muse

Step 1: To get to the advanced search option, choose to Browse the database.


Step 2: Select the Menu option.


Step 3: Choose Advanced Search from the Menu.


Step 4: Enter search terms. Use a separate box for each concept. Check the box to limit your results to journal articles.

How to Identify a Scholarly Article

  • Check the length of the article - peer-reviewed articles are not just a few pages long
  • Check the article's references - every scholarly article will have an extensive list of sources consulted by the author(s)
  • Google the journal title - the publisher's website will tell you if it's a peer-reviewed journal
  • Review the author's (or authors') credentials - their organizational affiliation will be listed either at the beginning or end of the article