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ENG 102: "The Alchemist" Prof. Saxena's classes: Articles/Databases

A guide to library resources covering Paulo Coelho's novel The Alchemist

What is a Database?

A Database is a collection of articles, book chapters and other information from reliable sources.

Select one of the databases listed in the middle column to locate critical analysis of the work you are examining.

All of the resources in these databases come from magazines, newspapers, journals and books. Although they are delivered through the Internet, they are not considered "Internet Sources" by your professors. 

Articles from the databases may be printed, saved to a drive or emailed for later use.

Databases from Home


You can access the databases from home! When you click on the database link, you will be prompted to enter your username (N #) and password (PIN).


The following databases are the best choices for finding literary criticism.  Since Paulo Coelho is a contemporary author, you might not find criticism specifically for The Alchemist in every database.  If you refer to the section on this tab on how to use the databases, we show examples from Literary Sources through Artemis, Literature Criticism Online, Humanities Source, and "Search All" as the best databases to start out with.  Our general databases (see the box to the right), Academic Search Complete, General OneFile, etc. (as well as "Search All") can be used for finding general themes related to The Alchemist.

General Databases

General or multidisciplinary databases provide articles on many different subjects. Often, they have reviews, some literary criticism or articles about a topic.  You will be asked to log in with your credentials upon selecting a database from the following links.