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ATTENTION JUNIORS:  It is time to select the database password for your upcoming senior year.

Submit your password suggestions by clicking on the Password button.  All juniors will vote on the suggestions in May.   


People and Concepts:

Try our two major subscription databases for credible, evaluated articles about the author, reviews of the titles and information about the topic.

The username and password are on the back of your ID card.

 Proquest eLibrary EBSCO Host   Gale Power Search


  • Phrase search author's name - "Malcolm Gladwell"
  • When viewing results, locate subject term for author (on left sidebar of search results) for more precise search.
  • You can limit your search to fulltext only.  If fulltext not available for an article you need, let the library staff help.  Email citation and request for the full article to, if time permits (retrieval of full text from outside resources takes time).

Book Reviews:

EBSCO Literary Reference Center

  •  Search with author's full name. Phrase searching works well.
  • When viewing results, notice subjects on the left sidebar and use the author's subject term for more precise results.
  • All results are full-text.  Great for reviews.
  • Remember when emailing citations and fulltext in EBSCO to specify MLA format. 



EBSCO Biography Reference Center

  • Search with author's full name.
  • Choose from detailed, concise or interview sources.
  •  Look for the camera icon for a photography.

Gale Biography in Context

  • Search author's name as last name, first name.
  • Search book title in quotes.
  • Note articles with 'Further Readings' sections.

Public Library Resources

San Diego City Public Library

  • Gale Literature Resource Center - Provides full-text literary criticism, reviews and author biographies across all genres and time periods.
  • World Who's Who - Outlines current information about the lives and achievements of over 22,000 distinguished individuals from around the globe. Formerly known as International Who's Who.
  • Must have San Diego City Public Library card to access (barcode begins with 01336).

Web Resources

Not satisfied with your Google search.  Try one of the metasearch engines such as Dogpile or Yippy.  

If you still need more search advice try Noodletools' Choose the Best Search for Your Information Needs.



                                                                                                                                                          Updated 1/30/2013 K. Powell