SUNY Broome Library Fall 2020 COVID-19 Update

This guide is to assist you with your course research assignment.

Library Home Page

The Library home page has links to:

Important! Evaluate Your Sources

It is important to critically evaluate your sources to determine their appropriateness for the topic you are researching. The library guide for Evaluating Information can help with this!

Also Important! Cite Your Sources

When writing a paper it is important to cite where you find your information, quotations, and ideas. For examples of how to format your citations see the following library guide: MLA Style Guide.  Also citation tools are available in most databases now. Look for these to help you out.

Library guide on Literary Criticism

  • lists literature databases, and how to search them
  • note: See below, Gale Literature Resource Center (with detailed directions).  Good place to start!

Online Access to Salem Press eBook Collection

  • SUNY Broome Library's Salem Press literature collection includes the following eBooks:
    • Critical Insights: The Fantastic
    • Critical Insights: The Harry Potter Series
    • Critical Insights: The Hobbit
    • Critical Insights: Contemporary Speculative Fiction
    • Critical Survey of Science Fiction & Fantasy Literature, 2nd ed.

Databases and Search Strategies

Below you'll find directions, and search strategies, for the following two databases:

  1. Gale Literature Resource Center - good place to start!
  2. Primo - the Library's discovery tool - it searches most of the Library's databases at once


  1. Gale Literature Resource Center​

The following example is a person (author) search:

  • with a person (author) search, you can find:
    • biographies of the author
    • interviews with the author
    • topic and work overviews
    • literary criticism of their works


  • select "Person Search"     (see red arrow below)


  • enter person's name, then search    (see red circle below)


  • select person


  • select resource type    (see red arrows below)
    • ​biographies - about author
    • multimedia - includes interview audiofiles and broadcast transcripts, e.g., All Things Considered, Talk of the Nation, Fresh Air
    • topic & work overviews
    • literature criticism


  • note the citation tool, found at the top of your selection    (see red arrow below)



2. Primo - searches most of the Library's databases at once

The following example uses the "Advanced Search."


  • try a "subject" search
    • ​​change "Any field" to "Subject"  - drop-down menu - (see red oval below)
    • in a "Subject" seach the results are about the person; if you did an "Author/Creator" search, the person will have authored the work(s)


search example:

Subject  contains              tolkien    

AND  Any field contains    elves

  • you can use quotations around the author's full name to search as a phrase, e.g., "c s lewis"
  • other terms/phrases: interview, "literary criticism"    (use quotations to search as a phrase)

  • refine your search, e.g., available online, publication dates, peer-reviewed (if needed), resource type, subject(s)
    • ​limits are on left side of the results page


  • refining your search by subject(s) can help (left side - results page)
    • sometimes one or two, at a time, works best


  • selecting and accessing an article (or eBook)
    • select article (or eBook) by clicking on the blue title

  • details record
    • note description of item
    • note the citation tool
    • under "View Online," select a database to access the article (or eBook)
    • follow links to access


More Databases

Google Search

  • example search: "authors name in quotations" interview

"j. k. rowling" interview

  • it can be difficult to evaluate internet resources, see the library guide Evaluating Information, to help you out




D. Curtin 4/17/2020