Dictionary of Literary Biography for GER/HIS 278

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Literature Resource Center

In this tutorial you will learn how to find manuscript information using the Dictionary of Literary Biography (DLB).

The DLB is part of the database, Literature Resource Center.

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

Practice Search by Author

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To practice searching the DLB, here is a sample research question:

Where can I find the location of the Chievrefoil manuscript written by Marie de France?

To begin:

  • Select the Advanced Search tab in the blue navigation bar.

  • In the search box labeled Person-By or About, type: "Marie de France" in quotations.

 WAIT!  There's more to add to your search.

Practice Search by Author

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Limit your search to the Dictionary of Literary Biography.

  • Scroll down to the section below the gray boxes:
    by publication title

  • Type in the search box:
    Dictionary of Literary Biography
  • Select the Search button at the bottom of the screen.

 

Practice Search by Author

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  •  At the next screen, select the title link, "Marie de France"

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

  • To locate information about Chievrefoil, use your browser's (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, etc.) Find function. 

Find: Chievrefoil

 

Practice 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: Nibelungenlied.

  • To begin, select the Advanced Search tab on the blue bar at the top.

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

  • Scroll down the screen below the gray boxes to the section:
    by publication title

  • Type in the search box:
    Dictionary of Literary Biography

  • Select the Search bottom at the bottom of the screen.

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.
  • For library assistance, use the Ask Us service.