Searching in CLIO
CLIO will offer books--monographs and essay collections--on comics studies. The principle subject heading for such secondary literature is:
Comic books, strips, etc--History and criticism
Enter the heading in CLIO, with or without punctuation, via the "Subject" search option.
Finding articles in scholarly journals
Coverage: 1963 onwards; updated 9 times a year
This bibliographic tool indexes books, dissertations, journals and essay collections on modern literature, language, and linguistics. The MLA refers to subject terms as “descriptors,” and the descriptor for graphic novels is comic book. Search also by individual writer or artist name.
Coverage: 1920 onwards
This bibliographic database indexes books, book reviews, dissertations, journals, and essay collections on English and American literature. ABELL’s subject term for graphic novels is comic books. Search also by individual writer or artist name.
Coverage: 1929-1984 with citations only; 1984-1994 with citations plus abstracts, 1994 onward with abstracts and some full-text.
This database indexes journals, yearbooks, and museum bulletins. Art Full Text uses the subject term graphic novels, but not widely. Users will have better success searching under individual writers’ or artists’ names as a subject term.
Coverage: varies by publication title.
This database indexes newspapers, journals, mainstream periodicals, trade publications, dissertations, and websites. ProQuest uses the subject term graphic novels. Users can click the box next to "Scholarly journals, including peer-reviewed" to get academic articles.
This freely-accessible subset of Google searches scholarly journals and .edu websites. A standard Google search done in Scholar will generate huge results that are often more useful than in "basic" Google.
Browsing in scholarly journals
Browsing the table of contents of scholarly journals can often yield unexpected results. The home page of online editions also allows keyword searching in the specific journal.
Browsing monographic series
The University Press of Mississippi has several series of interviews with or studies of renowned cartoonists. A title search in CLIO will produce the list of volumes in these series:
Try also searching CLIO:
Keyword: "will eisner" AND interviews
Dissertations can serve as surprisingly useful sources for bibliography. Recent dissertations are often available as free, downloadable PDFs via ProQuest Digital Dissertations.
Digital Dissertations searching defaults to “All fields + text,” which is good for very specific topics; for broader searches, change the default to “All fields (no full text).”