Gale’s Artemis Literary Sources

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The Gale Database company has introduced Artemis Literary Sources, a new online site that provides an integrated search interface for its premier literary resources:  Literary Resource Center (LRC), Scribner Writers, and Twayne’s Authors. In addition, Artemis provides enhanced workflow tools  and features such as Term Frequency and Term Clusters that provide visual context to the distribution of search terms over time and literary works.

Term Frequency

Use the Term Frequency page to generate an interactive graph based on the presence of your search terms as found in Artemis. Users can specify a range of publication years and select which Content Types to search. The results can be graphed either by the frequency of the search term (the number of documents per year) or its popularity (the percent of the total documents each year). The graph can then be used to retrieve search results.

Term Clusters

The Term Clusters tool generates a visual representation of search results by topic and subtopic. The first 100 words of the first 100 search results per Content Type are analyzed for frequently occurring and related terms. Those terms that occur most frequently appear in the inner ring. Where applicable, topics in the inner ring are connected to a cluster of more specific terms on the outer ring. An arrow appears when a ring has additional terms to view. Hover the pointer over a term and it appears in the center of the circle for easy readability. Click on a term to view a list of matching documents to the right. Each results document displays an excerpt of the beginning text. Click a document title to view the full document on the Document page.

IntegratedDatabase Content in Artemis

Literature Resource Center

Gale’s Literature Resource Center consists of Contemporary Authors Online, offering biographical coverage of more than 124,000 writers; Contemporary Literary Criticism Select, featuring entries on all authors appearing in CLC since vol. 95 of the print series and complete profiles of 266 most studied authors from editions prior to vol. 95; and Dictionary of Literary Biography Online, containing more than 11,700 biocritical essays on authors and their works written by academic scholars.

Scribners Writers Series

The Scribners Writers Series delivers online access to numerous Scribner publications: American Writers, African American Writers, Ancient Writers: Greece and Rome, British Writers, European Writers, Modern American Women Writers, Supernatural Fiction Writers, Writers for Young Adults and many others. In total the series contains more than 2,000 original, scholar-signed biocritical entries. Each entry averages 15-20 pages in length and includes a concise essay, hyperlinks for cross-referencing, and biographical information that places the author’s work in personal and historical context. Many authors examined from multiple perspectives through two, three or sometimes four essays.

Twayne Authors Series

The Twayne Authors Series is a literary reference resource that combines Twayne’s U.S. AuthorsTwayne’s English Authors, and Twayne’s World Authorspublications. Each of these individual titles provides literary criticism for approximately 200 authors, bringing the total number of authors covered in the Series to nearly 600. All titles feature comment elements, such as a chronology, a biography, a comprehensive critical analysis, and an annotated bibliography.

Scribner Writers Series available in Gale Virtual Reference Library

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Twenty-two titles from the Scribner Writers Series has been added to the Literature subject section of the Gale Virtual Reference Library available now through the UMass Libraries’ web site.

The Scribner Writers Series delivers online access to numerous Scribner publications: American Writers, African American Writers, Ancient Writers: Greece and Rome, British Writers, European Writers, Modern American Women Writers, Supernatural Fiction Writers, Writers for Young Adults and many others. In total the series contains more than 2,000 original, scholar-signed biocritical entries. Each entry averages 15-20 pages in length and includes a concise essay, hyperlinks for cross-referencing, and biographical information that places the author’s work in personal and historical context. Many authors examined from multiple perspectives through two, three or sometimes four essays.

Coverage of literary topics includes African Americans, Writing and Nature; Beowulf and Anglo-Saxon Poetry; The Bible as Sacred Literature; The Female Detective; Gay and Lesbian Mystery Fiction; The Gothic Novel; Renaissance and Short Fiction; Greek Lyric Poets and many more.

The Scribner Series consists of the following titles:

African American Writers 2001 2nd ed.
African Writers 1997 1st ed.
American Nature Writers 1996 1st ed.
American Writers 2012
American Writers Classics 2003
American Writers Retrospective
Ancient Writers: Greece and Rome 1st ed.
Books of the Bible 1989 1st ed.
British Writers 2002
British Writers Classics 2003
British Writers Retrospective
European Writers 1983
Latin American Writers 1989 1st ed.
Latino and Latina Writers 2004
Modern American Women Writers 1991 1st ed.
Mystery and Suspense Writers 1998 1st ed.
Poets: American and British 1st ed.
Science Fiction Writers 1982 2nd ed.
Supernatural Fiction Writers 2003 1st ed.
World Poets 2000
Writers for Children 1988
Writers for Young Adults 1997 1st ed.

Access these titles through the Literature Subject Section of the Gale Virtual Reference Library or through UMass Lowell Library’s Literature Database Subject webpage.

Twayne Authors Series added as a new subscription database

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The Twayne Authors Series combines Twayne’s U.S. Authors, Twayne’s English Authors, and Twayne’s World Authors. Each of these individual titles provides literary criticism for approximately 200 authors, bringing the total number of authors covered in the Series to nearly 600.

The Twayne Series offers criticism by scholars on hundreds of years of literature–from ancient Greece to the modern era. It provides critical introductions to the lives and works of writers, to the history and influence of literary movements, or the development of literary genres.

Each title entry in Twayne Authors is structured in a consistent format: All titles feature elements such as a chronology, a biography, a comprehensive critical analysis, and an annotated bibliography. Major works of authors are discussed and analyzed in depth. The discussions of each author in the series generally cover between 175-200 printed pages.

Three primary search paths offer different approaches to discovering information about authors and their works:

  • Authors A-Z. Enables the user to quickly select an author name or topic from a comprehensive list to find critical discussion, chronologies, bibliographies, and other information on an author’s works and literary career.
  • In Depth Search. Enables the user to design a specific search using such criteria as Author Name, Genre, Time Period, Gender, Nationality (for Twayne’s World Authors), and Full Text.
  • Research Ideas. View curriculum related topics then select from a variety of authors writing within those topics as research starting points.

Links to this database can be found in the library’s web site, either from the front page alphabet list of resources or the Literature database subject page.