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ENGL 217: Harry Potter

A guide to help you critically delve into the wonderful world of Harry Potter!


I solemnly swear that this research guide will help you find resources to critically evaluate Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. If you need any further assistance, please contact me using the information to the left.  You can also visit the reference desk on the 2nd floor of the library and a librarian will gladly help with your research.

Getting Started

Part of the research process is finding the right words to search in our catalog (for books) and databases (for articles).  

  • Before you begin your search, think of what terms are associated with your topic.  You can even draw this out if it helps. 
  • Think of synonyms for your search terms as well and try them out.  For example, Harry Potter and gender may give you better results than Harry Potter and male characters.   
  • Start with fewer words when doing your initial search.  
  • By combining your search terms, you will be able to narrow your results to the specific theme you are researching.  
    • ‚ÄčHarry Potter AND Christianity 
    • Harry Potter AND myth