If you're just looking to browse articles on your topic without much concern for specificity, you may want to use the Basic Search function, which is on the Literature Resource Center (LRC) homepage. When you get to LRC, the homepage will look like this:
Type in your keyword(s) into the search box at the top of the page (outlined in red). As you start typing, a dropdown menu will appear with suggested terms. You can either click on a term that is relevant, or type out what you'd like to search for in full.
Hit Enter on your keyboard, or click the magnifying glass to the right to see your results.
In advanced searching, you are given more ability to pinpoint exactly the kinds of articles you would like to see in your results.
To get to Advanced Searching, find the magnifying glass with the plus sign (+) that says "Advanced" directly to the right of the search box at the top of the page (this will be there regardless of where you have navigated in LRC). This is what the advanced search page looks like:
In order to search by author’s name, title, subject term, etc., use the dropdown menu by the search box to select the appropriate field.
If you do not choose an option from this menu, the database will automatically search your first term in title, author, subjects, and beginning text. It will search your second term in the title only. And it will search your third term as "Person - About", or who the article is about.
You can change these at any time before you run your search.
To broaden or narrow your search results, use the ‘AND’ dropdown menus before the 2nd and 3rd text boxes
There will be three options: AND (which is automatically chosen), OR, & NOT
AND: will only display results that include both/all the search terms
OR: will display all results with either/any of the search terms
NOT: will display results with the previous search terms, but will leave out results that include the following search term
If you need more than the three provided text boxes for search terms, click the "Add a Row" button (above the blue Search button) and use as normal
More Options are automatically displayed
You can limit by date of publication, contenttype, language, publication title, document type, language, and target audience.
Use the dropdown menus under each header to select what you'd like to search. (Or, in the case of the document type, you can also choose to exclude these options)
Check the boxes or click the options in the lists that you would like to limit by
This is optional - all of these filters will appear again on your result page (see below)
When you are ready, click the blue "Search" button
Not sure which word ending to use?
Attach an * to the base of your term, and the database will search for words that start with that string of letter, regardless of what the ending is.
Example: searching for poli* will pull results for policy, politics, political, politicians, etc.
You can see up above that I used one at the end of "feminis*" so I would get results for both "feminist" and "feminism", but not things like "feminine", which is missing the "s".
Want to search for an entire phrase?
Surround your phrase with " ", and the database will search for those words in that order without anything in between
Example: "critical feminist theory" will return results JUST with those exact words in that exact order. So you won't get results that are something along the lines of "Feminists are critical of X theory".
LRC also gives you the option to search for a particular person, or a certain group of people. If you use this method, the only results that will appear will be results that are about that person(s) you've searched for. You can get to the Person Search by clicking the "Person Search" link directly below the main search box at the top of the page (this will always be there), or by selecting the correct tab at the top of the Advanced Search. The search looks like this:
If you know exactly who you'd like to search for, start typing their name into the search box at the top of the page. A dropdown menu will appear once you start typing with suggested terms. It's probably best to select from this list when you see the author you're interested in, as these are formatted the way LRC knows and will probably retrieve better/more results.
If you're just looking to search for a particular group of people, or don't remember the name of the person you actually want to search for, use the boxes below to specify other characteristics:
Place of Birth/Death
Dates of Birth/Death
Once you're ready to search, click the blue search button.
Similarly, you can also search by the name of a particular work. If you're researching about a particular piece of writing, this is probably the way to go. You can get to the Works Search by clicking the "Works Search" link directly below the main search box at the top of the page (this will always be there), or by selecting the correct tab at the top of the Advanced Search. The search page looks like this:
If you know exactly what work you'd like to search for, start typing the name into the search box at the top of the page. A dropdown menu will appear once you start typing with suggested terms. It's probably best to select from this list when you see the work you're interested in, as these are formatted the way LRC knows and will probably retrieve better/more results.
If you're just looking to search for a particular group of works (i.e.: poetry written in the 19th century by American authors), or don't remember the name of the work you actually want to search for, use the boxes below to specify other characteristics:
Full text of the work (careful with this - LRC doesn't have access to that many full works)
Type of Work
Once you're ready to search, click the blue search button.
Reading Results and Articles
Once you've hit search, your screen will look something like this:
Results are on the left side of the page, with each article being separated by a thin gray line. Without even clicking into the article you can see the citation information and a preview of the article, download the article PDF, or save it into a folder (if you're logged in with a personal account).
To see the full article without downloading it, click on the blue title of the article you'd like to read.
To limit and modify your results, use the categories on the right:
Content Type: what kinds of articles are in your results, be they literary criticisms, biographies, reviews, notes, primary documents, etc.
Search within results: if you've got too many results, type an additional search term in this box, and LRC will search just within your current results for articles including this new term, as well.
Limit Search By: narrow your search by clicking on options in these
Subjects: what the article is about
Person - About: who the article is about
Name of work: title of the work discussed in the article
Author - Items By: who wrote the article
Publication Title: name of the journal
Document Type: what kind of item are you looking at - Article, Essay, Critical Essay, etc.
To undo any limits you've put on your search, go to the top of the page and click the "x" to the right of the term you'd like to leave out. This includes the automatically checked "Peer Review" limiter.
All of the articles in our Gale databases are full-text, so you don't have to worry about using Interlibrary Loan here! To read the full article, click on the blue linked title. You page will look like this:
To download this article:
Click the blue "Download PDF" button at the top of the page for a PDF (not available for every article)
OR click the "Download" button in the right column for either an HTML text file or an MP3 audio file
To email, print, share, or send to a Google Drive or Microsoft Cloud, use the labeled links on the right side of the page.
The title is in large, bolded letters at the top of the page, followed by citation information like author, journal/publication, volume, date published, page numbers. Copyright information is also in this part of the page.
Below the citation information is the full article, and an audio file (if available) if you prefer.
To translate the article into another language, use the dropdown menu that says "Translate Article" at the bottom right of the page, then select the language you would like to read it in.
To see related and relevant subjects, click on the plus sign (+) in the bottom right corner next to Related Subjects. Click on any of these terms to run a new search for articles that share that term as a subject.
Citing an Article
To cite an article, you must be looking at the full information/article. On the right is a "Tools" box, and the very first link will be called "Citation Tools". Click this button, and a box will appear on your page that looks like this:
Choose your citation style from the dropdown menu at the top left - you can choose from MLA, APA, or Chicago. The box will automatically refresh after you choose an option to display the correct format.
Click the blue "Select" button to highlight the entire citation - you can then copy and paste it into your document.
Or, click the gray "Download" button to download the text as html.
Or, if you use citation managers, you can export this information using the dropdown menu and "Export" button in the bottom left.
NOTE: Double check the citation to make sure the information and formatting is correct!!! Our databases pull information automatically from places it thinks the information should be and may not be able to format it correctly. Always always check the citation given to you by the database against the regulations given in the respective handbook for your citation style.
If you have any questions about citing sources, you can check out our Research Guide on the topic.
More Help from Gale:
To find help in LRC, first click the "More" tab at the top of the page, to the right of the search box, then click "Help" in the menu that will appear below:
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