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.

Naxos Spoken Word Library: Trial through May 31

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Naxos Music Library has provided UMass Lowell with trial access to its new Spoken Word Library now through May 31, 2011.

The Spoken Word Library brings online accessibility to the   Naxos AudioBooks catalog, which is a leading spoken word label, producing around 30 new titles a year and concentrating largely on literary classics and educational themes. The Spoken Word Library offers Naxos AudioBooks’ full range of recordings through online streaming using Adobe Flash. Many of the titles are also in text that can be followed on screen as the audio plays.

The library contains more than 410 titles – over 1,170 works and stories — consisting mostly of classic novels, plays and poetry, from medieval times to the twentieth century, with unabridged titles from Shakespeare to James Joyce. In all, close to 340 authors, playwrights and poets are represented. Readers of the works include some of today’s biggest names, such as Kenneth Branagh, Paul Scofield, Juliet Stevenson and many others.

Access to this trial is available through the library’s New Database Trials and Subscriptions webpage.

Please post comments concerning any aspect of this trial; it aids significantly in our decision-making process.

New York Review of Books experiencing access problems

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Last weekend The New York Review of Books (NYRB) launched a new web site and has been experiencing problems with authenticated subscription accounts ever since.

Content was migrated from the old site to the new one to join a number of new features that are now available on the new site. Because of this transition, the NYRB is experiencing difficulty in granting access to institutional subscribers, such as UMass Lowell. They are working on the problem and hope to resolve it soon.

With a worldwide circulation of over 135,000, The New York Review of Books has established itself as arguably the top most literary and intellectual magazine in America. The NYRB began in 1963, when its founding editors, Robert Silvers and Barbara Epstein, and their friends, decided to create a new kind of magazine—one in which the most interesting and qualified minds of the time would discuss current books and issues in depth. Just as importantly, it was determined that the Review should be an independent publication; it began life as an independent editorial voice and it remains independent today.

Every two weeks, many of the most renowned contemporary writers and intellectuals publish essays and reviews of books and the arts, including music, theater, dance, and film.

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.