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ENG 101: Craft of Language

Library tools and tips for researching topics in Craft of Language.

MLA Reference for an Interview

From the Purdue OWL:
Interviewee. Descriptor. Date of interview.

Smith, Jane. Personal interview. 19 May 2014.

Tips for Searching

General Tips:

Use Academic Search Premier and JSTOR to find articles; Use the Library Catalog to find books.

General keywords for searching:

  • cultural identity
  • society AND [cultural or group term, time period, geographic location] (eg. Society AND black women or Society AND nineteen fifties; Society AND Japanese americans
  • use OR to put synonyms together. eg. girls OR women; white OR Caucasian etc.

Academic Search Premier:

For events, try and use an official name (You’ll see these in the descriptions of articles). Examples:

  • World War II I would use: World War, 1939-1945.
  • Civil rights, try: civil rights demonstrations or "African Americans AND civil rights".
  • For decades try spelling it out: nineteen sixties or nineteen fifties


  • Always use “ “ around phrases.
  • Always use Advanced Search to check the Journals you want and use multiple words to search with.

Library Catalog:

Stay general with your keywords: “Huey Newton” only pulls up 1 book, but “black panther” pulls up 10 relevant books.