This Library Guide contains a listing of electronic databases subscribed to by the Houston Cole Library of Jacksonville State University for study and research in the fields of language and literature.
Last Updated: Oct 19, 2012
Welcome to this Library Guide for Language and Literature. This LibGuide is the "Electronic Databases by Subject" guide to be used for searching the Houston Cole Library's electronic databases for subject matter pertaining to language and literature. The Guide has a box on this page for Key Resources, a page (tab) listing the primary Electronic Databases by Subject (pertaining exclusively to language and literature), and a page (tab) listing supplemental databases which cover a variety of subjects, among which are language and literature.
These are the electronic databases for language and literature which every student reseacher should consult, and probably should begin with. More sophisticated assignments, or projects undertaken by more experienced researchers, may require an expanded search bringing into play additional databases.
- Literary Reference Center Plus
This database is a good place to begin your literary research. It is vended (provided) by EBSCOhost and is a "proprietary" database: the vendor controls all the content either through copyright or license agreement with other content providers. One characteristic of this type of database is that its total number of records (items included) is comparatively smaller; but because of this smaller total population the percentage of full text available is higher than it would be in another type of database offered through Houston Cole Library, the aggregator database.
- Literature Resource Center
This also is a proprietary database and a good beginning point for your research. It is vended by Gale/Cengage; and because the vendor is different (from EBSCOhost), the content and licensing agreements will be different than for the LRefC. There will be minimal duplication of content between the LRefC and the LResC.
- MLA International Bibliography
This is the professional bibliography of the Modern Language Association, and as such it should be consulted for every research project in language or literature, regardless of which other electronic databases or other resources may be used. Once your search strategy and search terms have been "roughed out" in one or both of the proprietary databases, this database would be a logical next step.
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