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Welcome to the SCC library research guide on literature for Professor Lemley's ENG102 course! If you need help with research, don't hesitate to contact a librarian!

Schnare Library

The Schnare Library is located by the flagpoles. Library staff is available on the first floor at the Circulation Desk--where you can check out books and other materials--and at the Reference Desk--where you can get help with research.

For more information about the library, visit the library website at or the library resources guide at

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SCC Library Hours:

Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

closed Sunday
holiday hours vary

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Search tips

Use the following search strategies to help you find criticism on literature:

1. Put quotation marks around titles (e.g., "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings").

2. Add the author's name to the title, especially if it is a common term (e.g., Recitatif Morrison).

3. Add a theme to the title (Recitatif Morrison racism). This may not always be a good strategy since the more terms you add to your search, the fewer results you will get.

4. If a short story or poem, search by the title of the collection the short story or poem appears in to find criticism on the collection ("Confirmation an anthology of African American women").

5. Search by the author's name (Toni Morrison) to find biographical information and interviews with them. Knowing their background may help you understand why they gravitate to certain subjects/themes.

Literature databases

Below are some library databases that contain articles on literature, short stories, poetry, and drama. Alternatively, you can use the search box below to search most of the SCC Library's databases at one time.

Search the Library

Use the box below to search for articles, books, ebooks, videos, and more at the SCC Library! After you search, use the limits on the left side of the page to find the format that you need. Create an account so that you can save articles for later.

If you're looking for a particular journal title, search the library's Publication Finder.

MLA format

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MLA guides from the SCC Library
MLA guides from Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)