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Keyword Search Tips:
- Always use quotations marks around your keyword phrases. For example: “heroic fantasy”
- Create complex, highly specific searches with the Boolean Operator AND. For example: “fairy tale*” and critic*
- The asterisk * allows you to find various endings for your search term. For example, critic* finds critic, critics, critical, critically, criticism, etc.
You can also do a Keyword Search using the name of an author (first name then last name: “C.S. Lewis”) or the title of a work (“The Golden Bough”).
Using the Subject Headings in Databases:
When you retrieve a database record for an article that appears relevant, look at the Subjects provided in the record. The subjects can help you quickly find additional relevant information on your topic. Add the subject to your search terms or do a Subject Search on that topic to find more information.
To find information about an author, do a Subject Search by typing in the last name first. For example: pratchett, terry
Databases for Literary Research
In addition to general databases such as FiSH or Academic Search Complete (which cover all subject areas), there are some very useful literary databases for specialized, targeted subject searching.
Literature Criticism Online
Provides a range of modern and historical views on authors and their works across regions, eras and genres. Imagine centuries of analysis — the scholarly and popular commentary from broadsheets, pamphlets, encyclopedias, books and periodicals.
Literary Reference Center
A comprehensive database that provides users with a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and time frames including plot summaries, synopses and work overviews, articles of literary criticism, full text of literary journals, author biographies, book reviews, and author interviews.
MLA International Bibliography
An index to books and articles published on modern languages, literature, folklore, and linguistics. Coverage includes literature from all over the world. Other topics include literary theory and criticism, dramatic arts (film, radio, television, theater), and history of printing and publishing.
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