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ENG 370 World Literature (Heidelberg): Home

Resources to use in researching world literature


Literature Specific Databases

Start with these literature specific databases:

Why Is Searching the MLA Bibliography Better Than Searching Google?

  • The MLA International Bibliography contains over 2.5 million records that pertain specifically to language and literature. Material from other disciplines, like biology or political science, is not included.
  • The Bibliography provides the most comprehensive listing of scholarly material in language, literature, culture, and folklore, including publications not available on the Web.
  • A professional indexing staff and scholars in relevant fields review books, essay collections, journals, bibliographies, and electronic publications to create the most accurate listing possible.
  • The materials covered come from reputable publishers in over one hundred countries.
  • Indexers use controlled vocabulary as subject headings, enabling more precise searches than user-chosen keywords would allow.
  • Each citation contains the information users need to create a bibliography as part of a research project.

Why Google Scholar?

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.

Useful General Databases

These online sources are useful for your literature-related research.

Online Reference Books

Subject Guide

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Course Description

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.