The easiest way to find biographies, criticism, primary source material, reviews and overviews
on an author or a work is to perform a Basic Search.
To perform a Basic Search enter a term in the search box found on the homepage and in
the banner of most other pages. As you type, the search assist feature suggests
possible terms. Use the Advanced Search to construct complex
search queries. For example, if you wanted to find documents
or articles on a particular theme that are on a specific individual and were
published after a particular date use Advanced Search.
To begin select the field that you want to search from the drop-down menu…
…and enter your search term. Use the operators AND, OR, or NOT,
if you want to search multiple fields. You can add as many rows as needed by clicking
the Plus Sign to add additional rows. Notice that you can limit your search results
in a number of ways… You can limit your search to full-text documents
or documents from peer-reviewed publications (these are publications that only publish
content that has undergone a review by experts in the field).
You can limit your search to a specific Gale resource.
You can limit your search to articles published before, on, after, or between two dates.
You can limit your search to content published in a specific journal or publication.
Or you can limit your search by content type (like biographies or literary criticism),
… by document type (such as an abstract or overview)…
or by language. From the Advanced Search screen, you can also
perform a Person Search. Use the Person Search when you know the name
of the person you’re looking for. The Person Search creates lists of individuals
who fit a custom profile that you design. You can create a list based on… the writer’s
gender… nationality… ethnicity... occupation… the literary movement or genre
the writer is associated with… a subject or theme the writer used...
the writer’s place of birth or death… the writer’s date of birth or death… or
the century in which the writer lived and worked.
When you’ve completed your selections, click the Search button at the top or bottom of
the screen. The Person Search returns a list of writers
who match your search criteria, along with the number of items found for each individual.
The individual’s year of birth and death, as well as nationality is provided, to help
you in your selection. Use the arrows to move forward and backward
in your results list. Use the search box to search within your current
results or to conduct a new search. Use the drop-down menu to sort your results
by name, year of birth or death, or nationality. Click on a name to see a list of items found
for that individual, arranged by content type. From the Advanced Search, you can also perform
a Works Search. Use the Works Search when you know the name
of the literary work you’re looking for. The Works Search creates lists of works that
fit a custom profile that you design. You can create a list of works based on type
of work… an author’s name… the year in which the work or content was
published… the century in which the work’s writer lived and worked…
the language in which the work was originally published… or the gender, nationality or
ethnicity of the work’s writer. Notice that you can also limit your search
to full text documents. When you’ve completed your selections, click
the Search button at the top or bottom of the screen.
The Works Search returns a list of works that match your search criteria, along with the
number of items found for each work. The “author’s name” and the “type
of work” are provided, to help you in your selection.
Use the arrows to move forward and backward in your results list.
You can use the search box to further search within your results.
Use the drop-down menu to sort your results by name of work, by author, or by type of
work. Click on a name to see a list of the items
found for that work, arranged by category. For each item, the first few lines of text
are displayed. For each item, the first few lines of text
are displayed. The number of items found for each content
type is displayed under “Content Types” on the left.
You can use these links to navigate directly to a particular content type.
Click “View all” to see all items. Click the folder icon to save an item so that
you can return to it later. Click the “My Folder” link …in the banner…
to view a list of items you’ve saved. Use Term Clusters or the Term Frequency tools
to further analyze your results. We’ll take a closer look at these tools later.
Use the “Search within Results” box to further search within your current results
list. Simply enter a search term and then click
enter. Or, you can limit your search by subject…
to documents about a person… by work… …by author name… by journal or publication
title… or document type. Click “Search History” to view a list
of previous searches. From here you can re-execute a search or revise
a previous search. The number of results found is displayed.
To perform a search again, click the search query link.
To modify a search, click the “Revise” link.
Your search history is automatically cleared when you end the session or logout. You
You can also clear the list by clicking the “Clear History” button.