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English: Starting Your Research


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This Guide was created to help direct you to the many excellent English and literature-related resources available through our library and the other UH System Libraries. It will lead you to print & e-books, to online databases for full-text magazine & journal articles, to streaming films/videos and to recommended academic websites. It is not an exhastive list, but should serve as a starting point for your research. If you need additional assistance, please call (245-8253) , e-mail ( or come into the library.

Search the UH Voyager Catalog for Books

Search for Magazine / Journal Articles

The Academic Search Complete database offers full-text access to more than 8,500 journal titles.

Limit Your Results

Other Article & Reference Databases

Finding Resources on Topics of Local Interest

To find information about local and regional topics, newspapers, magazines, and journals are often the main sources of information . From the Garden Island newspaper to the Honolulu newspapers (current and past ) to indexes that cover periodicals from the Pacific region, the list of links below should be useful to begin your research.

Finding Topics for Research Papers

  CQ Researcher is a weekly journal that has been focusing on current, controversial topics since 1923. Each single-themed report is researched and written by a seasoned journalist. It is known for its in-depth, unbiased coverage of health, social trends, criminal justice, international affairs, education, the environment, technology and the economy. It includes a broad overview of the issue, the historical background, and opposing viewpoints of experts on the subject. 


Opposing Viewpoints in Context contains 19,000+ Pro/Con arguments and 13,000+ Topic Overviews. A great resource for research papers. Use password hawaii until set up is complete for KCC access. is a public policy non-profit organization that offers information on 42 controversial issues.

   Hot Paper Topics from St. Ambrose University offers ideas for over 45 current topics

Library E-Books on the Research Process

Films Related to Literature & Language

Over 14,000 streaming videos are available through Films on Demand.  There are over 1000 films listed in the English & Language Arts  subject category, focusing on American, British & Irish and World literature, Drama & the Theatre, Linguistics, and Speech & Communication.


Check out this film, Frankenstein and the Vampyre: A Dark and Stormy Nighta documentary on the origins of 2 of the most famous gothic novels and their lasting impact on modern literature. 

Developing a Research Question - A YouTube Video