Skip to main content

Literature Resource Center: Literature Resource Center

This guide presents tips on searching the Literature Resource Center.

About this Guide

This guide gives you tips on using the Literature Resource Center.

Search Tips

Advanced Search - is the default and recommended search

Keyword/ Narrow by Subject

  • Synonyms - if you don't get good results or you get too few try synonyms
  • Narrow By - the yellow tool bar on the left of the results screen indicates subjects that appear most frequently in your results
    • Selecting a relevant subject may find better results than on the full keyword search
    •  If there you got few results and no subject headings it means you may want to try searching with a synonym.

Literary Criticism  - articles about a particular literary work:

  • In the pull-down menu select "Name of Work"
  • If you are looking for a theme be set another search box as keyword and enter a term.

Authors - biographical information, articles about an author's life:

  • In the pull-down menu be sure "Person-By or About" is selected
  • Do not choose the "Author" option - it searches only for authors of articles in this database
  • Important - on "Results" page be sure to select "Biographies" tab. Default is Literature Criticism.

Authors - to search for authors who share similar charactersistics such as nationality, ethnicity, literary movement:

  • Select "Person Search" tab
  • Select all relevant options
  • Click "Search" button at bottom of screen.

Date limits

  • Publication century - finds articles that contain literary criticism, biographical or other topics from a particular century. Example: If you want to explore character development in Victorian novels you would select the 19th century
  • Publication date - limits to the years when articles in this database were written.

Instruction Librarians

Reference/Instruction Librarians
JavaScript disabled or chat unavailable.
Contact:
refdesk@radford.edu
540-831-5696
Website / Blog Page