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ENG 370 World Literature: Western Writers from the 18th-20th Centuries (Julianne Smith): Home

Resources to assist the survey of Western literature in the Enlightenment, Romantic and Modern periods—that is, from the late seventeenth through the twentieth centuries.


Literature Specific Databases

You should search for your topic in these literature focused databases:

Why is searching the MLA Bibliography better than 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 multidisciplinary databases can also be useful.

Online Reference Books


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Course Description

This course will survey Western literature in the Enlightenment, Romantic and Modern periods—that is, from the late seventeenth through the twentieth centuries.  Students will

  • practice interpretation and analysis of Western literary texts across European, Latin American and American cultures.
  • practice critical thinking, research, discussion, writing and presentation skills.
  • explore the relationship between literature and spiritual, moral and ethical values.