Online Databases: Literature Resource Center

1) Magazine and Journal Articles
2) Newspaper Articles
3) Literature Resource Center
4) Subject Specific Databases

What is the Literature Resource Center?
The Literature Resource Center combines the following Gale databases: Contemporary Authors, Dictionary of Literary Biography, Contemporary Literary Criticism, Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism, Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, Shakespeare Criticism, Drama Criticism, Poetry Criticism, Short Story Criticism, and Literature Criticism 1400-1800.

What is indexed?
Contemporary Authors has been the primary resource for information on modern authors, including those who were active prior to 1960 and whose works continue to influence contemporary literature.

Contemporary Literary Criticism presents significant published criticism on the works of novelists, poets, playwrights, short story writers, and other creative writers now living or who died after December 31, 1959.

The Dictionary of Literary Biography essay’s outline the lives and careers of authors from all eras and genres and summarize the critical response to their work.

The Literature Resource Center also includes selected full-text, excerpted, and commissioned critical material from these titles: Children's Literature Review, Classical and Medieval Literature Criticism, Drama Criticism, Drama for Students, Literature from 1400 to 1800, Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, Novels for Students, Poetry Criticism, Poetry for Students, Shakespearean Criticism, Shakespeare for Students, Short Story Criticism, Short Stories for Students, and Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism.

Practice Using the Literature Resource Center Step by Step

1. Click on the following link to connect to Literature Resource Center.

2. At the screen, click on "Advanced".

3. Do a search for an author by typing an author's name into the authors name text box. For example, type "Toni Morrison" in the text box. In the Database drop-down menu of the "Limit the current search" section, click on "Contemporary Authors". Next, click the "Search" button.

4. From the "Search Results" page, click on the blue underlines link to view the document.

5. To print or email the checked records, click the "Print" or "Email" icon near the top of the screen.

6. To go back to the "Search Results" page click the "Current Results" button at the top left-hand side of the screen.

Adapted from:
College of San Mateo, LIBR 105: Online Research Skills

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