Start with these literature specific databases:
Question: Why would you use Google Scholar?
Answer: Google Scholar identifies scholarly research materials from a broad range of subject areas.
Google Scholar offers a "cited by" feature - it will display a list of documents which cited the document you originally retrieved. This can be useful in determing how influential a source has been. The list only includes documents available in Google Scholar, though.
Go into the preferences of Google Scholar and select Pepperdine University from Library Links.
These online sources are useful for your literature-related research.
The Cambridge Companions to Literature and Classics collection [part of the larger database] offers over 2000 comprehensive and accessible essays on major authors, periods and genres, written by experts and designed for student readers.
For the author Companions each writer is placed in literary and historical context; their major works are analysed, either in separate chapters or grouped according to theme, and their influence on later writers assessed.
The generic and topical Companions give the student vital contextual information about political, social, religious and artistic relationships.
Useful reference material includes chronologies and reading lists.
This course examines selected texts in world literature (in this semester, European and Modern Western Literature) along with their historical, social, and philosophical backgrounds, from the Enlightenment through the 20th century. As a unifying thematic point, we will be considering the connection between the local and particular and the global or universal, asking how the chosen texts explore and interrogate the relationships between the self and the outer world of the family, society, church, and state, together with the various and sometimes conflicting obligations that arise from these relationships.