Literature Resource Center - Tips


About Literature Resource Center

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

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What you'll find in Literature Resource Center

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

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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

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

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Person � by or about: If your search rnterm is a name, selecting this option will bring back items that were rnwritten by that person or that contain a significant amount of rninformation about him or her.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How results are organized

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

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

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

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Literature Criticism Academic, critical or rnanalytical essays written by scholars, including all articles from rnpeer-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 livesrn of authors and other individuals, the contexts in which they wrote, andrn 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,rn which indexes materials on modern languages, literatures, folklore and rnlinguistics, will display in this tab when the Bibliography is rncross-searched with other Gale literature content.
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"Marking" a citation
rn By selecting "Mark" next to a result, you can rnselect items from your results and save them to a list to open, rnbookmark, email or print later. Keep in mind, however, that once you leave the database your list will be lost.

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

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

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Sorting and narrowing results

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Searches | rn How results are organized | rn Sorting and narrowing results | rn Opening and using documents | rn Back to top

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Opening and using documents

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

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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.

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

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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.

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Left sidebar

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

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

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

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