Let the Library help you hit the books

Posted: Tuesday, September 4, 2012, 8:47 am

Need to research Lord of the Flies or write a speech about Zora Neale Hurston? Worthington Libraries offers several full-text research databases that can help with your next English class assignment.

Literature Online, Credo Reference: Literature, Literary Reference Center (from Gale) and Literature Resource Center (from EBSCOhost) offer a variety of tools for learning about literature.

Trying to track down a line from a poem or a play? Use Literature Online to search for a word or phrase within a specific title, within the poetry or drama subcollections or across the entire database. It covers American and English poetry, short stories and fiction from the 16th through the 20th centuries.

Need information on Alfred Mendes or another obscure Caribbean writer? Looking for some deep essays on literary theory? Try Credo Reference: Literature, a collection of dozens of full-text, high-caliber reference books. As well as many usual titles such as the Cambridge Guide to Literature in English and African-American Writers: A Dictionary, there are several less common works, including the Dictionary of Literary Symbols and Holocaust Literature: An Encyclopedia of Writers and their Work. Helpfully, you can search specific books or the entire collection.

Both Literary Reference Center and Literature Resource Center contain full-text primary sources, thousands of author biographies, plot summaries, journal articles and book reviews.

Literary Reference Center allows you to browse through lists of titles and authors. It also links to full-text editions of classics, such as Charles Dickens' David Copperfield and Nathaniel Hawthorne's Twice Told Tales. Need to find the correct page number for a quotation? You can download a PDF and use the search function to find the quoted text.

Literature Resource Center offers thousands of poems and short stories, along with plot summaries, journal articles and more than 130,000 author biographies. Audio interviews, transcripts and pictures of authors are also available. For even more information about an author, there are selected links to author websites and other relevant sites.

Not sure how to cite an online source? Both Literary Reference Center and Literature Resource Center offer tools that give you the proper citation information for every article in a variety of bibliographic citation styles. You can print out each article, download it to your computer for later use or send a copy of it to your personal email account.

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