State University Ely Library
Literature Resource Center
on Netscape at any networked workstation
on campus. Start
At the Ely Library Home Page, click on Quick
Links under Databases.
Click on Literature Resource Center.
Remember to use Off Campus Access if you are
not on campus.
Search Screen: The Default Search is for Author. Enter
your Author's name in the dialog box and click on Search or
press Enter on your keyboard.You may also search by Title,Advanced,Keyword,Authors
by Type, and Literary-Historical Timeline with terms that you
Title Search: Change the default to "Match words exactly as entered",
to return titles containing the exact title, or select "Match all words
entered" if you are not sure of the exact title. You will retrieve
titles of novels, poetry, short stories, etc.
Advanced Search: With the Advanced Search, you can conduct
a search using a variety of criteria. Use the pull-down menus to
select the appropriate fields pertaining to your search. You can Limit
by Document Type with a drop down menu: select "Critical Essay" or
"Topical Essay" to retrieve journal articles. You can also Limit
Keyword Search: Search all fields, including the full text for materials
that contain your search words. The results can be huge. Add more
than one term and include a genre (poetry, short story, etc.) or second
concept to narrow the results.
Authors by Type: Search authors by birth and death dates,
by ethnicity, nationality, genre, and literary movements.
Literary-Historical Timeline: This search allows you to target a
specific date range for literary figures, movements, and historical events.
a list of biographical sketches that matches your author's name.
Literary Criticism, Articles, &
Full text articles on the lives of authors are avaible through several
Gale Reference Sources such as Contemporary Authors, Contemporary
Literary Criticism, and the Dictionary of Literary Biography.
The default setting for results is Literary Criticism - included
are selections from Gale publications such as Exploring Short Stories,
Gay & Lesbian Biography, Reference Guide to English Literature, etc.
Articles - These full text entries "range from brief to lengthy,
[include book reviews and full length articles,] and are arranged in reverse
chronological order with the most recent article listed first."
Work Overviews - Here find "analyses of works that address
critical reception, social and historical context, characterization, and
other topics related to works."
Under this tab, there will be two subtabs, one leading
to lists of Works by the Author (default), the other to Works
about the Author. Click on any link and view bibliographies from a
variety of sources.
Literary- Historical Timeline:
Two out of seven options are active: Websites
and Themes. The following are sparsely covered at this time: Autobiographical
Essay, Interviews, Encyclopedia of Literature, and Topical Essays.
Websites: Each website included in the Literature
Resource Center was selected using specific editorial criteria such as
the presence of substantive biographical, bibliographical, and critical
information about the author; hyperlinks from the website to related authors
and/or literary topics, etc. Neither WSC nor Gale is not responsible for
the content of the websites selected for the Literature Resource Center.
Themes: A selection of themes represented by
an author will be shown. From a pull-down menu you can identify other
authors who treat the same theme or themes as this author.
This search allows you to target a specific date range for literary figures,
movements, and historical events.
The time period of an author will be automatically displayed, but these
start and end dates can be adjusted.
The Article Screen:
on the title of criticism, an article, or an overview to display
the full text of that item. To return to the results screen of citations,
click on the "Current Results" button at the left of the article
Mark Records: (Not
recommended at this time)This feature
does not currently allow printing or emailing from a marked list.
Printing: Click on the Print icon at the top left of your
article page. This will reformat the article and include full citation
information. Chose Print from your browser to print the document.
E-Mail: Click on the E-Mail icon at the top left of your
article page. Type in your full email address (e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org).
You will receive a formatted copy of the article you send. Select
the format you wish as Plain Text (the default), or HTML which will require
reading the article in a browser.
Use this search to find articles on specific aspects of a particular work
or author's life.
For more search options, look for
the following buttons at the top of your search screen:
Type in your search term(s)
Use the pull-down menus to select appropriate fields
for the search (e.g. Author, Full text (finds the word in the full text),
Limit by Document Type with a drop down menu: select "Critical Essay,"
"Topical Essay," "Work Overview," etc.
Limit by Database - Select "Full-text Journals," or 4 other collections
to limit your search results.
Authors on the Highway. Search
Weekly for events such as readings and lectures featuring contemporary
Encyclopedia of Literature. Type in your
author's Last Name, First Name to retrieve full encyclopedia entries.
Gale Literary Index. This link connects
you directly to the Gale Database which indexes all of the Gale
Literary Criticism and Biography series. There is no full text available,
but the citations can be used to find entries in the print CLC, DLB, NCLC,
TCLC, SSC, etc. which are available in the Ely Library Reference Collection.
For more tips, see the Guide
to Searching Gale Literary Index.
maintained by Corinne Ebbs
Last updated August 28, 2002