Literature paper sources (15)

January 14, 2008

School’s back in session and pretty soon we’ll be hearing the cry for sources for literature criticism papers. But, there is good news! No need to drag out those heavy Gale books or send some poor student across town to see a source. We’ve got what students need online!

If you haven’t checked out the library’s database page in a while, you’ve been missing two incredible resources: Literature Resource Center and Literature Criticism Online.

Literature Resource Center is easy to use: Type in the name of an author or title of a work and you’ll get biographical information, criticism, and reference sources, all online from one source.

Literature Resource Center includes:

  • Contemporary Authors
  • Contemporary Authors New Revisions
  • Dictionary of Literary Biography
  • Contemporary Literary Criticism
  • Literature Criticism from 1400-1800
  • Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism
  • Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism
  • Drama Criticism, Poetry Criticism, Shakespearean Criticism, Short Story Criticism
  • Scribner Writers Series
  • Twayne’s Authors Series
  • And a whole lot more

Literature Criticism Online is new as of December 2007. It contains actual scanned images from the popular Gale literature books. If your student really resists LRC, you can show them LCO to prove that the information came from a book.

Literature Criticism Online has LCO includes:

  • Contemporary Literary Criticism
  • wentieth-Century Literary Criticism
  • Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism
  • Literature Criticism from 1400–1800
  • Shakespearean Criticism
  • Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism
  • Poetry Criticism
  • Short Story Criticism
  • Drama Criticism
  • Children’s Literature Review

That’s a lot of sources covered in only two database searches!

Your mission, should you choose to accept it:
1. Find the first name of Dr. Watson, of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes series.
2. Use Literature Resource Center and Literature Criticism Online to find a source in a print reference source.
3. Take the survey.
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3 Responses to “Literature paper sources (15)”

  1. A.J. Price Says:

    One of the literary databases–the one that reproduces pages from actual Gale sources–doesn’t pull anything related to the subject you type in, and its pages are difficult to read. Also, the text of the site is gigantic for some reason. I think this resource needs to be fixed before it can be helpful.

  2. npljenny Says:

    Your comments inspired an entire post – see the follow-up post for more info on Literature Criticism Online. We thought if you felt aspects of the database were not straight forward, others may feel the same way. I hope the follow-up will help. Let us know either way.

  3. Glenn Worden Says:

    I found that for this single question about a unique fact, a Google search gave me the most rapid aanswer. I eventually found the answer in LRC, but it took a while to frame the question just so and wade through a lot of material. I’m sure that LRC or LCO would be great for more complicated searches or the various resources needed for an entire student paper.


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