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When researching literature topics, your best bet is to go to specific databases instead of the Discover Search (that big search on the library homepage.)
Literature Databases - Best Bets
Our top recommendations for literature research in this assignment.
Examine the lives and works of great writers, an archive of more than 46,000 characters, literary topics, themes, movements, and genres.
Literary Reference Center Plus
Literary Reference Center is a full-text database that combines information from major respected reference works, books, and literary journals as well as original content from EBSCO Publishing.
Tip: For best results, use Boolean Operators AND, OR, and NOT to combine search terms.
Gale Literature Resource Center
Access biographies, bibliographies, and critical analysis of more 120,000 authors from every age and literary discipline.
Note: Overlaps with For Students Series.
More Literature Databases
Brings together collections of essays, commentary, criticism, primary sources and biographical information related to literature, history and culture from a variety of sources including content from Literature Criticism Online and selected authoritative reference works from Gale Virtual Reference Library.
MLA International Bibliography
Subjects consist of literature, language and linguistics, folklore, literary theory and criticism, dramatic arts, and the historical aspects of printing and publishing.
Tips: Connect search terms with "AND" and Limit results to "Linked Full Text"
All scholarly journals at least one year old as well as academic e-books. Great for literature or non-current topics.
Go to Advanced Search and click the "Language and Literature" box under "Narrow by Discipline." tutorial
Literature Online (LION)
Provides support for the study of English literature by bringing together primary works, reference materials, and literary criticism. Content includes books and scholarly journals covering 600 AD to the present.
Academic Search Complete
A multi-subject database, so enter your author's name and/or the title of the work as a search term, then click on "full text" and "scholarly (peer-reviewed) journals" to get your best results.
Academic Search is included in the DISCOVER search. So why would you want to search it separately? You can use advanced searching techniques to get better results.
Other useful Databases
The search tools in this column are good sources for finding additional research about historical context or topics related to your work of literature.
Remember, while this guide highlights recommended databases, all databases are available from the library homepage, as shown in the image below.
The DISCOVER tool allows you to search multiple databases and the library catalog all at once. (You can try it out in the search box above.)
Things you should know:
- It does not include all GSU databases.
- Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) are optional
- It automatically searches within the full text of articles, but not books.
- It includes GIL-Find@GSU resources, including books and DVDs.
- It does not give you the same limiters as searching individual databases.
- Use the Advanced Search Option to enter multiple search terms. For literature searches, use one for your author, one for the title if the work, and an extra for a theme keyword or simply the term criticism.
- Limit the disciple, for example for literature, limit to to Literature and Writing.
You may need information about a topic relevant to your piece of literature -- not necessarily from literature-related databases.
A large collection of databases not included in Discover. Includes general and subject specific databases.
Academic Search Complete
Peer-reviewed journal articles, periodicals, ebooks and more.
All scholarly journals at least one year old. Great for literature or non-current topics. tutorial
News & Newspapers
Full text of U.S. and international news sources. Includes coverage of several major U.S. and international newspapers such as The Atlanta Journal Constitution, The New York Times, and the Times of London.
Specialized reference sources on many topics. Good for an overview.
Questions? Ask a Librarian!