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    Getting to the full text

    Once you have found the citation of a journal article you're interested in, click on the Check for Full Text buttons found next to the citation, or run a journal title search in Trexler Library's Encompass Search.


      If I want to publish my class project on the web, where can I find images, etc. that I can use without asking for permission?

      Trexler Library's guide to Nonexclusively Licensed and Public Domain Images


        Reference works (good for getting recommendations of sources, including primary sources)

        generally. . .

        Britain in the Hanoverian Age (Ref Collection 942.07 N552b)

        dance and music . . .

        International Encyclopedia of Dance (Ref Collection 792.6203 I61e)
        New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (Ref Collection  780.3 N532n)

        art/architecture. . .

        Oxford Art Online
        A library subscription database. 


          Primary and secondary works as published in books and periodicals

          • Google Books
            A combination of partial and complete texts. Especially rich source for public domain works (pre-1923).
          • Encompass Search
            Catalog of all books and documents in Trexler Library at Muhlenberg College, plus books from other libraries that can be requested on interlibrary loan. Alternatively, use our own library catalog (just the books in our library)

          Secondary research published as journal articles--often authoritative

          • Historical Abstracts with Full Text
            A subscription database. Focus on European History.
          • Google Scholar
            An open-access web crawler that looks for content it identifies as "scholarly." Emphasis is on books and journal articles. Intended as a "federated search" to search across disciplines (weighted toward sciences and social sciences). Not always full text. Check our Journal Locator to see if Muhlenberg has access to the full text.
          • JSTOR
            Full text of scholarly journals from most academic disciplines. Coverage is from the inception of the journal through three to five years ago. Current issues are often to be found in Project Muse (see below). Includes nearly 300 journals specific to language and literature, including American Literary History, American Quarterly, Chaucer Review, College Composition and Communication, College English, College Literature, Early American Literature, ELH, English Journal, New Literary History, Shakespeare Quarterly, Southern Literary Journal, and Yearbook of English Studies.
          • MLA International Bibliography
            A subscription database. Standard index for literary criticism. Some links to full text.

          Web search engines and directories

          • Google
            Non-selective. One of the largest web crawlers.

          E-texts of Austen's work


          • Times Digital Archive
            Since its first publication in 1785, The Times (London) has become one of the most preeminent, global daily (except Sundays) newspapers of the 18th- through early 21st-centuries centuries, covering international events, people, places, politics, business news, opinion and debate, entertainment and advertising. The Times Digital Archive makes this highly regarded resource available in an easy-to-navigate, fully-searchable online resource containing every page of every issue within the range of years displayed in the product banner.

          Citing sources

          For tips on citing print and electronic sources, visit Trexler Library's Citation Guides for Print and Electronic Resources.

          For automated citation, try the shareware Zotero.


            Articles via interlibrary loan

            Journal articles not found in Trexler Library can be ordered on interlibrary loan.


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