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Research Materials: Using Literary Databases

Handouts and Research Guides used by librarians in information literacy sessions. For more help, look in the Guides by subject.

Artemis Literary Sources

LRC can be found on the library’s website under Literature Databases on the Database webpage.

Advantages of LRC:

· Author databases such as Contemporary Authors (130,000 writers), Contemporary Literary Criticism Select, Dictionary of Literary Biography Online.

· Critical work databases such as Drama Criticism, Literature from 1400-1800, Ninteenth Century Literary Criticism, Novels for Students, Shakespeare for Students, Shakespeare Criticism, Short Story Criticism, and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. (not full list)

· Access to full-text and abstracts from over 260 prominent literary journals.

Searching LRC:

To search LRC,

1) Click on “Advanced”.

2) Type in author’s name in one of the boxes.

3) Type in title of work in another box (make sure to change dropdown menu to “title-all words”)

4) Hit “search”.

 Displayed you will find several tabs: if the tab is grayed out, you cannot get to it.  “Biographies” comes up first and displays information about the author.  Click on the “Literary Criticism” and  “Articles and Work Overviews” for information about the work.

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 Click on the individual criticisms, articles or work overviews.


Literary Reference Center

 Advantages of LRCtr:

· Has a tutorial!

· Articles on authors and works offer links to related topics.

· Uses an EBSCOhost interface.

 Searching LRCtr:

To search LRCtr,

1) Click on “Advanced Search” at the top.

2) Type in your author (first box) then your title (second box).  Leave fields on “Select a field”.

3) Hit “Search”.

 Displayed you will find several tabs: Click on the tab you want information from and click the article you want to read.

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MLA International Bibliography

 MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association)

Advantages of MLA:

· Uses an EBSCOhost interface

· Lists books, book collections, and dissertation abstracts.

 Searching MLAIB:

To search MLAIB,

1) Type in your author (first box) then your title (second box).  Leave fields on “Select a field”.

2) Hit “Search”.

 Sort your results through the choices in the box on the left side of the results box.