Good Places and Practices to Research…

This comes from our Module 2 on analyzing comics:

Here is some helpful information from the West Virginia University, with a link below with more assistance:

You will find articles in magazines, journals, and newspapers. You can find articles about graphic novels and manga, as well as illustrators and writers. You may find interviews, discussion, opinions, and book reviews. To do a complete search for relevant articles, you must look in several databases.

When reviewing results, use the Find it @ WVU button if the article does not have a full text, linked full text, or PDF link. If we have the full article in another database, it will lead you there. If we don’t have access to the article, you can order it through ILLiad (Interlibrary Loan).

Academic Search Complete covers many subjects and includes scholarly articles, book reviews, and magazine and newspaper articles.

Arts and Humanities Citation Index will lead to scholarly articles in important journals.

Lexis-Nexis Academic provides full text newspaper articles from over 5900 newspapers.

MLA International Bibliography is a great source for articles about specific graphic novels and graphic novels in general.

Project Muse is a full text humanities database and is another good source for articles.

West Virginia Libraries:

Many of the online journals above are accessible through Collin College Library and can be accessed as sources and location for articles about graphic novels.

You can also utilize Google and in particular to find resources for research as well.

More information and resources can be found at the San Jose State University Library as well.

Finally, here is some Graphic Novel 101 that can help you get started as you are reading them and wanting analyze them.

One Last piece of helpful information, I have a file here for you that can be helpful in general and serve as possibly a general resource, along with Scott McCloud, for your Research Papers: Writing About Comics and Graphic Novels

Approaches to Research




BA in History from Northwestern State, MA in English from Northwestern State, and PhD in Rhetoric from Texas Woman's University. Big into comic books and visual rhetoric. Assistant Professor of English at Claflin University, Orangeburg, SC.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s