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ENGL 192SC Science Fiction: Speculations in Color (Thomas, Fall 2023): Article Databases

Using Article Databases

Finding scholarly articles in article databases is a multi-step process:

1. Decide which one to use. There is no database devoted exclusively to articles on science fiction and speculative fiction, but the ones listed below should give you plenty of results. You can also browse a list of the Library's databases organized by subject or alphabetically if you want to branch out into disciplines like religion, film, gender studies, and so on.

2. Always use the Advanced Search option.

3. Databases don't like full sentences! Build your search using a few words that best describe the main concepts of your topic. These are your "keywords."  See box at right for some keyword ideas.

4. Select whichever filters are appropriate but do not click "full text" as one of the filters because this will severely limit your results. See #5 below.

5. If the full text of an article is not available in the database itself, use the                               link. This will take you to the online article on another platform or, if we don't have access to the online version, it will offer you an option to order it through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). 

4. Most article databases allow you to save, email, cite, download, or export citations or full articles. 

Recommended Databases for ENGL 192 SC

Keyword Suggestions



alternate history

alternative history



heroic fantasy

horror fiction

occult fiction

paranormal romance

planetary romance

science fantasy

scientific romance



space opera

speculative fiction


supernatural fiction

sword and sorcery



weird fiction

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