Dictionary of Literary Biography for GER/HIS 278

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Introduction

In this tutorial you will learn how to find manuscript information using the Dictionary of Literary Biography (DLB) that is part of the database, Literature Resource Center.

The DLB provides author biographies, complete lists of their works, including location of manuscripts, and bibliographies about writers from all time periods.

Use the arrows below to navigate through the tutorial.

Locate Literature Resource Center

Using the library homepage to your right, go to the Search & Find menu and click on Articles & Databases.

Look for the Find Databases by TITLE, click L

Find Literature Resource Center in the list and click on the link.

You may be prompted to enter your UA NetID and password.

You are now in Literature Resource Center

Search by Author

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First you will limit your search to the Dictionary of Literary Biography within the Literature Resource Center database.

  • Click on the Advanced Search tab in the blue navigation bar.
  • Scroll down the screen below the gray boxes to the section:
    by publication title

    type in the search box:
    Dictionary of Literary Biography


  • Go to the search boxes at the top of the screen.

  • In the search box labeled Person-By or About, type: "Marie de France" in quotations.
  • Click on the Search button below the search boxes.

Search by Author

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 1. At the next screen, click on the entry, "Marie de France"

2. Find the section: Writings by the Author/ Works.

3. To locate information about Chievrefoil, a story written by Marie de France, use your browser's (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, etc.) Find function. 

Find: Chievrefoil

 

Search by Author

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Review the manuscript information and select the correct answer below that describes where the original manuscript of Chievrefoil is located and it's call number amongst the options below.

 

NOTE:  This entry also includes a biographical essay and a reference list of works about Marie de France.  

Search by Name of Work

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This time you will conduct a search using the name of a specific text.

1.  To begin, click on the Advanced Search tab on the blue bar

2. Scroll down the screen below the gray boxes to the section:
      by publication title
type in the search box:
     Dictionary of Literary Biography

3.  Go to the search boxes at the top of the screen

4.  In the search box labeled Name of Work, type: Nibelungenlied

5. Click on the Search button below the search boxes.

Search by Name of Work

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At the next screen click on the entry: "The Nibelungenlied and the Klage"

Find the section Manuscripts and Editions.

Search by Name of Work

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Review the manuscript information and determine which best describes where the original manuscript of the Nibelungenlied is located and it's call number amongst the options below.

NOTE: This entry also includes great background information about the Nibelungenlied, plus a reference list that may be useful in your portfolio.

Review & Help

  • The Dictionary of Literary Biography is a good starting point for finding information about an author, their writings, critical essays about their work and locations of the original manuscripts.
  • To limit your search to the DLB  in the Literature Resource Center database, you will need to go to Advance Search and enter the name into the by publication type search box.
  • If you don't find manuscript information in the DLB, consult the library reference sources listed in your research guide.

 

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