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Some notes on how to use three Tarleton State University Libraries databases to find information for your Author Fair - Literature Resource Center, Gale Literary Database, and Literary Reference …

Some notes on how to use three Tarleton State University Libraries databases to find information for your Author Fair - Literature Resource Center, Gale Literary Database, and Literary Reference Center.

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  • Here’s what search results might look like.
  • Dr. Miller has suggested that you use Something About the Author as a source. Unfortunately, we don’t have it in print form, but the information in Something About the Author can be found in the Gale Literary Databases.
  • This is an example of the results in the Gale Literary Databases on a search for Jean Fritz.
  • Some tips about the Gale Literary Databases.
  • The third database to try is Literature Criticism online.
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    • 1. 1 READ 3301 Introduction to Children’s Literature Using Databases from the Tarleton Libraries for your Author Fair
    • 2. 2 From the library’s home page (http://www.tarleton.edu/library), click “Databases: A-Z” under RESEARCH
    • 3. 3 Databases are listed in alphabetical order. You might have to scroll down. Click the database name to open it.
    • 4. 4 If you are logging in from off-campus, you will encounter this screen when you click on a database name. Enter your NTNET ID and password to access the databases.
    • 5. 5 Literature Resource Center Click on “Person Search” in the menu bar. This is a good source of information on your authors.
    • 6. 6 Literature Resource Center Enter author’s name in the box under “Person Search” Then click the “Search” button.
    • 7. 7 Literature Resource Center Search Results – Click on correct author’s name
    • 8. 8 Results may include literature criticism, biographies, topic & work overviews, reviews & news, primary sources & literary works, and multimedia– click the tabs. The Biographies tab should give most of the information needed for your assignment.
    • 9. 9 Contemporary Authors Online is a great source. Interviews are good sources for quotes. Sort results by Publication Date (Descending)
    • 10. 10 Look for the source information for your citation. Check the date the article was last updated. The author or publisher website should have later information. Contemporary Authors Online articles include information on awards…
    • 11. 11 … and the author’s works (NOT in APA format though!). The Sidelights section often includes quotes and theme information…
    • 12. 12 …and there is often a “Further Readings” section. Author photos can often be found under the Multimedia tab on the results page, or on results with camera icons.
    • 13. 13 Gale Literary Databases This can be another good source of information for your author fair, although there is some overlap with Literature Resource Center
    • 14. 14 Enter author’s last, first name in “Author Name” box Click the “Search” button
    • 15. 15
    • 16. 16 Gale Literary Databases • Results can include biography and criticism (see “Type” in right column) • Results from “Contemporary Authors” and “Contemporary Authors Online” (see “Source” column) include a “Sidelights” section with commentary on various titles by the author • Most articles provide a “Further Readings About the Author” section
    • 17. 17 Literary Reference Center Click the “Search” button. Enter author’s name (last, first) in the box.
    • 18. 18 Literary Reference Center
    • 19. 19 Literary Reference Center Author Biographies and Interviews will be most useful. Pay attention to publication dates. Results can be sorted by date and limited to full text.
    • 20. 20 Contact Information: Amanda Pape Coordinator for Archives and Special Services Dick Smith Library Tarleton State University Box T-0450 Stephenville, TX 76402 254-968-9251 Office: Lower Level, Room B05B I'm in Facebook! Twitter: @AmandaPapeMSLS pape@tarleton.edu http://www.tarleton.edu/~library/ Above: QR Code for my wiki home page: http://rdg301library.pbworks.com or http://bit.ly/SpecialServices

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