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ENWR 1510: Writing Power - Language Politics in Communities and Controversies

Research guide for students in Tarushi Sonthalia's Fall 2020 ENWR 1510 class.

Researching Textual History

The resources in this guide are meant to help students in Tarushi Sonthalia's ENWR 1510 research the circulation networks and reception of your chosen works. 

Finding books & articles using Virgo

Virgo, the UVA Library’s primary search tool, contains catalog records for books, print journals, DVDs, maps, and digitized materials, as well as links to online articles from our rich array of subscription journals. You can search catalog materials and articles together, or view those results separately, using the facets provided to limit your results by author, format, publication period, and more.  To find online content, use Filter Results By (on the left) and choose Online.

Example subject terms of possible interest: 

  • Riot grrrl movement
  • Feminist music - History and criticism 
  • Star-spangled banner (Song)
  • Patriotic music - United States - History 
  • National songs - United States - History and criticism 
  • Orwell, George - 1903-1950 - Nineteen eighty-four
  • Achebe, Chinua - Things fall apart 
  • Nike (Firm) 

E-Books of Possible Interest

Print Books of Possible Interest

Finding secondary scholarship about your work

For Novels/Books

The MLA International Bibliography (MLAIB) indexes the broadest range of resources about literature in all languages.  If a literary study of your novel exists, you should find it here. It is not a full-text resource, meaning that you can only search the description of an article, rather than the text of the article. To get the full text of an article, click on “Find article @ UVa Libraries”, or look up the journal title in VIRGO.

ProQuest One Literature contains 3 million literature citations from thousands of journals, monographs, and dissertations. It also includes more than 500,000 primary works – including rare and obscure texts, multiple versions, and non-traditional sources like comics, theatre performances, and author readings.

JSTOR includes older issues of scholarly journals, from their beginnings to 3-5 years ago, so this may be another good database to look for articles related to your novel or its author. Articles in JSTOR should be full-text, if we subscribe to the journal. 

For Music 

Music Periodicals Database includes articles from over 300 international music periodicals from over 20 countries and view full text of articles from some 80 journals. Also indexes feature music articles, book reviews, and obituaries appearing in the New York Times and the Washington Post.

Music Index is a comprehensive guide to music periodicals and literature featuring digitized content from 1970 to present. 

Rock's Backpages is an online library of popular music journalism spanning 50 years and including many noted writers.

For Business (Advertising Campaigns)

Business Source Complete covers topics such as marketing, management, accounting, finance, and economics. Find articles plus financial data, books, book digests, conference proceedings, case studies, market, industry, and country reports, company profiles, and SWOT analyses.

For Race Relations & Activism 

Race Relations Abstracts - With a singular focus on relationship between and among races, this resource includes abstracting for the top academic journals, books, periodicals and newspapers in the field.

Women and Social Movements in the United States is a resource for students and scholars of U.S. history and U.S. women's history. Organized around the history of women in social movements in the U.S. between 1600 and 2000, this collection includes 108 document projects and archives with almost 4,300 documents and more than 150,000 pages of additional full-text documents, written by more than 2,200 primary authors. It also includes book, film, and website reviews, notes from the archives, and teaching tools.

For Communication & Media 

Communication & Mass Media Complete provides coverage of journals in communication, mass media, and other closely-related fields of study. It provides indexing and abstracts for more than 570 journals, and selected coverage of nearly 200 more, for a combined coverage of more than 770 titles. 


Academic Search Complete is a large general database of articles from scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers on many topics. Also includes reference books (World Almanac, American Heritage Dictionary), biographies, speeches, images, and other primary source documents.

Researching the reception of a work

Literature Resource Center (LRC) includes reviews and news related to literary works. Some texts also include multimedia results like interviews or radio discussions of a work. 

Historic periodical and newspaper databases are great sources for finding contemporary reviews of works. Below are a few databases you might consider searching. 

American Periodicals Series (1740-1940) includes full text of over 1000 magazines and journals published in the US between 1740 and 1940.

Life Magazine Archive consists of cover to cover processing dating back to issue number one in 1936 of the American variety magazine Life, published by Time Inc.

Time Magazine Archive consists of cover to cover processing dating back to issue number one in 1923 of the American popular magazine Time, published by Time Inc.

ProQuest Historical Newspapers lets you search 11 databases at once, covering historic newspapers including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Defender, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and more.

19th Century U.S. Newspapers includes searchable full text and page images of U.S. Newspapers from the 19th century.

20th Century American Newspapers, Series I, part of the America's Historical Newspapers collection, this section includes issues published between 1921 and 1967.

Independent Voices is a digital collection of alternative press newspapers, magazines and journals, drawn from the special collections of participating libraries. These periodicals were produced by feminists, dissident GIs, campus radicals, Native Americans, anti-war activists, Black Power advocates, Hispanics, LGBT activists, the extreme right-wing press and alternative literary magazines during the latter half of the 20th century.

For periodicals like the New York Times Book Review and the New York Review of Books, search on the web in the periodicals' archives for your literary works. If you cannot get free access to relevant articles online, we have access to these titles through the library - search in Virgo or contact Sherri for help.