If you are just starting your research, for example on a certain topic, do a multi-database search first. It will give you an overview of the existing publications and some bibliographic references.
You can do it from the library's home page -- you go to the Databases and Article Searching page. Then click on the link for Multi-Database Search (near the top of the page). Or you can use the following link:
In the left-hand column, under Subject, choose Lang/Lit, then CompLit.
As you can see, this type of search can be very handy, since you can speed up your research process by searching several databases simultaneously. The Multi-Database Search feature covers 9 resources pertaining to CompLit (e.g. Orbis, Worldcat, MLA Bibliography, Academic search Premier, Francis, etc.). You can exclude databases if you like. However, there are a few caveats:
In short, this is a quick search tool, but you must be aware of its limits: it will give you a good recall but with very low precision.
Another possibility of pertinent search in Comparative Literature is to do a following search:
Go to the Databases and Article Searching page. Then click on the link for Multi-Database Search (near the top of the page). Or use the following link again:
In the left-hand column, under Subject, choose Interdisciplinary then All.
This search will generate 28 databases related to African America Studies, Gender Studies, Latino Studies, Medieval Studies, Popular Culture and Renaissance Studies.