Literature Resource Center - Tips

About Literature Resource Center

Literature Resource Center is your most current, comprehensive, and reliable online resource for research on literary topics, authors, and their works. Its coverage includes all genres and disciplines, all time periods, and all regions of the world. View search tips.

What you'll find in Literature Resource Center

New and updated material is added daily. For a complete list of journals, magazines, and reference book materials included in Literature Resource Center, see What's in Literature Resource Center.

Have a comment on this database? Contact us! Our editors and technical support staff are eager to hear from you.

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Searches

Basic Search
You'll notice that when you type a search term into the search box, you have several different options for the type of search you conduct. These allow you to decide from the start how broad or focused you want your search to be.

Person – by or about: If your search term is a name, selecting this option will bring back items that were written by that person or that contain a significant amount of information about him or her.

Name of work: This option will search specifically for titles of works (poems, plays, books, etc.) discussed in the database as well as for any copies of the work itself that may be present.

Keywords: This option will search for your term in key parts of each document in the database, such as the title of the item, subject terms or abstracts associated with it, and its first fifty words.

All text: This option will search for the words you entered anywhere in each document. As for Keywords, however, if you enter more than one word, you will get only documents in which the words occur close together unless you use and to separate them.

Advanced Search: This search form gives you many more options to create a very specific search. For more information, use the Help feature within the database.

Person Search: This search is designed to create lists of individuals who fit a custom profile that you design. For instance, if you need a list of several English Renaissance poets, or Japanese novelists born before 1940, or Native American short story writers, use this feature.

Works Search: This search is designed to create lists of literary works fitting a custom profile that you design. For instance, if you need a list of several English poems from the Romantic era, or Spanish novels by women writers, use this search.

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How results are organized

When you get your results, you'll see that they are organized into various tabs across the top of the results list. Any tabs that contain no results are grayed out.

The purpose of the tabs is to help you get to the type of information you need quickly and accurately. If you are looking for Literature Criticism or other analytical articles, look in the Literature Criticism tab. If you are primarily interested in information about an author's life, look at Biographies. We've tried to make the labels as clear as possible. A detailed description of the contents of each tab is in the table below.

In many cases, a single item will return in more than one tab. For instance, an article that analyzes an author's works but also contains a significant amount of biographical information will appear in both Literature Criticism and Biographies. A lengthy review of a book that includes some analysis of its literary elements will appear in both Literature Criticism and Reviews and News. Our goal has been to ensure that when you select a tab, all the content in the database that you would expect to find in that category will indeed be there.

 

Literature Criticism Academic, critical or analytical essays written by scholars, including all articles from peer-reviewed journals and all articles reprinted in Gale's various Literature Criticism series (Contemporary Literary Criticism, Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Poetry Criticism, and so on)
Biographies Articles about the lives of authors and other individuals, the contexts in which they wrote, and overall critical reception of their works
Topic & work overviews Articles providing general information about topics, events, and the plots, themes, characters and contexts of literary works
Reviews & News Critical evaluations of books, theatrical performances, readings and films as well as news about literature and publishing
Primary Sources/Literary Works Texts of poems, stories and other creative works as well as first-hand accounts such as interviews, letters and diary entries
Multimedia Images, audio and links to selected websites
MLA International Bibliography Citations from the Modern Language Association International Bibliography, which indexes materials on modern languages, literatures, folklore and linguistics, will display in this tab when the Bibliography is cross-searched with other Gale literature content.

"Marking" a citation
By selecting "Mark" next to a result, you can select items from your results and save them to a list to open, bookmark, email or print later. Keep in mind, however, that once you leave the database your list will be lost.

Once you've marked an item, a "Marked Items" link will appear on the toolbar near the top of the screen along with a count of the number of items currently in the list.

You may collect up to 50 documents in your Marked Items list.

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Sorting and narrowing results

You have several different options to filter or sort your results within each tab.

Sorting results: A pull-down menu on the right-hand side over your results offers several different choices for changing the order in which your results display.

Search within results: In the left sidebar, you can enter search terms and search within your results list.

Narrow results: Options to narrow your search are displayed above the results list and in the left sidebar.

Above the results: The options will vary depending on the tab you are in. You may see options to limit your results to:

In the left sidebar: You can select from a number of options to see a very specific slice of your complete results list. The options will vary depending on the tab you are in and the content available. You may see options to limit your results by:

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Opening and using documents

Open a document: To open a document from the results list, either select the title of the document or select one of the options under the citation. These may include Full text, View PDF pages, Citation, or Citation and abstract.

Above the document you'll find the essential elements of a document citation—title, author, source, date, and so on—as well as a number of links.

Library links are added by your library to help you locate full text of the document elsewhere within the library network.

Below the document you'll find a complete source citation in Modern Language Association format. You'll also find the Gale document number, an identification number unique to the document.

Left sidebar

Search within this publication: In the left sidebar, you can enter search terms and search within all items that came from the same publication as the item you are looking at.

Related subjects: Subjects discussed in the article will display here. Select one to conduct a new search on that subject.

Toolbox
To the right of the document you'll find a toolbox with links to tools that will help you:

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