Literary Encyclopaedia – great discovery tool for writers and their works

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There are almost 7,000 articles written by experts in the field of world literature available from the Literary Encyclopaedia and, as with other of the e-resources at our disposal through DC, this is exactly the kind of research tool that anyone intending to move on to higher education should start using.

The works are drawn from 3 distinct databases all searchable through a single interface and for this example we chose to make Raymond Chandler our search subject in ‘People’.

Using the advanced search option, rather than the simple search box on the homepage, the LE predicted that our search term was Raymond Chandler before we completed typing it in so we began our work confident that we were going to find something.

To begin with we were a little unsure what to enter in the ‘activity’ box but since Chandler was a writer we took a chance and tried that and LE again comes up with a helpful way of helping us distinguish the writer in whom we are interested from others who might have similar or the same names by offering us a choice of genres. We selected story writer from the possibilities.

The other search boxes we left in their default states except for ‘Article ranks’ which we changed to All. Then we hit search…

And, surprisingly for any search made with an online tool these days, we got just 1 result – a 2,276 word essay about Chandler with a raft of related information hyperlinked alongside. The essay was also available to download as a PDF, the citation was included at the foot of the page along with clickable links to other related content.

So from our very basic search we found ourselves with plenty of good information about Raymond Chandler the man and his works. We found this resource easy to get to grips with and we’d definitely use this again.

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