Literary Movements


Literary Sources from Gale

JSTOR – this database stores some texts and a great deal of literary criticism.

Proquest E-book Central does not contain much fiction. But it has scholarly works that study themes, authors, and literary movements. Make sure you conduct and “advanced search” and explore the ways to “filter” your results to find items related to “Literature.”

Print and E-Books

At 809 on our shelves, do not miss the 2-volume set Literary Movements for Students. (It is also available electronically in Gale E-Books described below.)

DO NOT MISS the “Literature” section of the Gale E-Books database (formerly Gale Virtual Reference Library):

  • When that database opens, use the “Literature” shelf to see the 10+ books there.
  • If your title is analyzed in Literature and its Times, you will get phenomenal background on the trends and historical events that affected the writer’s life and message at the time that she was writing.
  • Literary Movements for Students is also exceptional in discussing major periods in the development of specific literary styles and forms such as “Gothic Literature,” “Neoclassicism,” “Realism,” and “Magical Realism.”

The numbered guidance  below corresponds to the red numbers in the images that follow to give you tips for navigating the Gale Ebooks.

1 – The database you are in.

2 – The book you selected and opened.  (This one is from the “Literature” shelf on the opening page of Gale Ebooks.)

3 – Use the search tool to search through the entire set of volumes if necessary.  Move slowly through the titles of the search results before selecting a nice document to examine first.  Sometimes the best article for you is listed listed low on the list.


Gale Virtual Reference Library

4 – Article title

5 – Inside the article, scroll down the page to read.  It’s awesome and might be preceded by section hyperlinks as this one shows!  As you move through the pages of this source, you will see the page numbers of the article the way it originally appeared before it was ‘scanned’ in to the database.  Those page numbers are important to record as you take notes so that you can provide proper in-text citations.

6 – If you need to save the “persistent link” or the article’s “bookmark URL” so that you can access the article quickly later, access it where it says “bookmark” at the top as pictured… or at #7.

7 – Open “Citation Tools” to copy out a citation (needs to be indented correctly) and also the persistent link (A.K.A. bookmark URL.)

8 – If you click the “plus” sign in front of “Subjects,” you get additional “subject terms” with which this article is “tagged.”  Those are powerful search terms to use in a search engine and they are using the official terminology for the “SUBJECTS” used by librarians who built the database.

9 – Gale Ebooks provides this option to search for other articles that are also within this publication, Novels for Students.  If you want to search throughout the rest of the large database of encyclopedias, use the search box at the top of the screen or click open “advanced” search at top, instead.

Gale Virtual Reference Library


Once you have a “persistent link” or “stable URL” to a resource, record it!  Then you can get to the resource directly if you have moved into the database via Canvas “APS Library Resources.”


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