In the Library
1. The NWACC Library has books filled with essays on authors and their works. First, look up the author's name in the library catalog to identify all the book resources the library has. When you find a book on the author, look in the index (in the back of the book) for a particular title and the pages where that title is mentioned or discussed.
2. There are many sets of works on authors and literature in the P section of the Reference books. Scan the shelves in the REF PQ to PZ area to find volumes on British Writers, American Writers and others.
Online Library Databases
On the Library website, visit our Research Databases page to access the following databases:
3. In Literary Reference Center, enter the author in one search box and the title (if applicable) in another. If you choose an option from the Select a Field dropdown menu, please note “Subject Author” is the correct field for searching for information about the author in the search box; “Title of Work” is the correct field for searching for information about the title in the search box. The search fields “Author” and “Title” refer to the authors and titles of particular documents such as literary criticism articles—as opposed to the literary works themselves—in the database. Below the search boxes, you can specify the Document Types you wish to search (biographies, literary criticism, plot summaries, etc.). Also, be sure to explore the options under Limit Your Results. Check the Full Text box for optimal results.
4. In Gale PowerSearch, there are several ways to access literary criticism.
5. In Britannica Online Encyclopedia, search for the author's name. Select the main article (often the first on the list). To search related journal articles and websites, check out the Expand Your Research box inside the article.
9. Use the online Gale Literary Index to locate articles in the library's print reference books published by Gale Publishers such as Contemporary Literary Criticism, Drama Criticism, Literature Criticism from 1400 to 1800, Short Story Criticism, Nineteenth Century Literary Criticism, Poetry Criticism, Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism, and World Literature Criticism. To start, go to http://www.galenet.com/servlet/LitIndex. An Author Search leads you to a list of Gale publications with entries about the author. Works by the Author, listed alphabetically by title, appear after the general author entries. Print or write down the relevant publication information, including the volumes and page numbers appearing after the titles. Since the library does not own all of the titles indexed in this online resource, you will also need to check the library catalog to determine which titles (and volumes) are available for your use. (Please note: For Gale’s Poetry for Students, Short Stories for Students, Drama for Students and Contemporary Authors, try Gale Online Resources in the Database section above.)