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Literary Index: Title Searching

Learn how to use the Literary Index database.

Title Searching

Title Searching

The basic title search screen looks like this:

 

title search

 

There are three main options given under the title search box: match words exactly as entered, match all words entered, or match any words entered. The last two correspond to the Boolean search connectors AND and OR respectively. Match all words entered is the default setting, and will require that all search terms entered be present in the results. So, if you entered the search terms "waste" and "land," both of those terms would be present somewhere in the results. On the other hand, if you chose match any words entered, either "waste" or "land" might be present by itself. Finally, match words exactly as entered will require that the all words entered be present in that order.  

You can also choose to show up to 50 results at a time by clicking the drop down box beside Return Results. When you've entered your name(s), click on Search.

There is also another search box if you want to further refine your search by looking for a particular author. Let's see what we get if enter "waste land" as a match all words entered search with "t.s. eliot" in the author search box:

 

title search

 

As you can see, there are several results. The first three refer to specific editions of T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land. The last one, however, looks to be the work in general, rather than a specific edition. Clicking on the last result gives us this page:

 

title search

 

Here, you see the names of the publications and the appropriate volume numbers for criticism of The Waste Land.

Now, all you have to do is find out if the library subscribes to a given publication and locate it in the library. Learn how!