Literature Resource Center (LRC) is one of several new literature databases Cowles Library has added to help support all types of literary research. These databases expand our online access to literary criticism, critical reviews, author biographies, along with thousands of poems, plays, and works of short fiction. LRC includes biographical information about authors and literary criticism of authors’ works from dozens of sources. LRC covers a wide range of literature–not just fiction–from all time periods and from around the world.
LRC also includes several tools that help you establish the context surrounding authors and their works.
- Topic Finder is a graphical way of displaying the context of your term, which can lead to connections you may not have otherwise considered.
- Term Frequency shows the trend of one or more terms over time.
- Criticism Over Time (image, below) displays a timeline of literary criticism for a particular work and allows you to jump right to critical essays from a given year.
You can use LRC in conjunction with LitFinder, which provides access to the full text of thousands of poems and short stories. Visit our LRC Research Guide and LitFinder Research Guide for more information and video tutorials.
Update: This issue was fixed on 10/1/2017.
The problem and temporary workaround are described in this FAQ. We hope to have the issue resolved shortly.
Cowles Library has added dozens of new resources in almost every subject category of interest to Drake students and researchers. We have created a full list, plus specialized lists based on major/discipline (and interdisciplinary, too!) Check them out at: http://researchguides.drake.edu/2017
The Health and Wellness Resource Center by Gale is a consumer health resource with access to many full-text health science databases which contain more than 1,000 medical journals, periodicals, and articles from more than 2,200 general-interest publications, medical newspapers, newsletters and news feeds. Additionally, this resource has streaming videos with transcripts from Healthology, Illumistream, NBC and ORLive.
Most importantly though, it has access to a variety of electronic full-text dictionaries and encyclopedias including:
- The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine
- The Gale Encyclopedia of Surgery and Medical Tests
- The Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders
- The Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer
- The Medical and Health Information Directory
- Medical Health Information Directory
- Merriam-Webster’s Medical Desk Dictionary
- various Thomson Healthcare and Micromedex drug guides.
However, this database is partially searchable in SuperSearch.