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Use the QuickSearch Advanced Catalog Search for greater precision in your searching for books, DVDs, CDs, musical scores, etc. in the Gumberg Library collection.

Use the Quick Search Advanced Search

Use the Quick Search Advanced Search to limit your results to precisely what you are looking for.

To get to the Quick Search Advanced Search screen, click on the blue button in the box on the left side of the screen beneath the picture.

Author vs. Subject Searching

In dealing with literary topics there are two different types of searches you need to know about to search efficiently: Author and Subject searches

Author: If you want to find all works written by a particular poet (primary sources), change the menu in front of the search box in which you enter the author's name to "Author."

Subject: If you want to find all books about the author and their work (secondary sources), change the menu in front of the search box in which you enter the author's name to "Subject."

A Subject search can also be useful in finding criticism of a particular work by a poet or writer. In the search box type the name of the work, then change the menu in front of the search box to "Subject." Word of warning: This kind of search will only work for very well-known works of literature.

Other Kinds of Searches You Might Try

 

 Find Books on a Particular Theme in an Author's Work

Let's say you wanted to find books about the theme of "religion" in the work of Emily Dickinson. In the first search box, type her name and change the menu in front of the box to Subject. In the second box type "religion" and change the menu in front of the box to Subject also.

If this search does not retrieve much, you might change the menu in front of the second search box back to "Keyword" and then rerun the search.

 

Find Books on a Theme by Authors of a Literary Movement

If you wanted books on the theme of "the sublime" in the works of the Romantic poets, you could type the word "sublime" in the first search box and then change the menu in front of that box to Subject. In the second box you would type "romantic*" and change the menu in front of that box to Subject. We put the asterisk (*) at the end of the word "romantic" so we search for the words "romantic," "romantics," and "romanticism" all in one search.

 

Find Books on Poetry from a Particular Place

On one of the other Find Books tabs are links that search QuickSearch for books about poetry from a particular place. But what if there is no link there to search for the country or area you are looking for? Go to the QuickSearch Advanced Search screen. In the first search box, type the name of the place, country, or continent you are interested in, then change the menu in front of that search box to Subject. In the second box, type "poetry" then change the menu in front of that box to Subject as well. Then run your search.

 

Find Books on a Particular Theme in Poetry

Let's say you wanted to find books of "war poetry" or books on the theme of "war" in poetry. In the first search box type "war" and change the menu in front of that box to Subject. In the second box type "poetry" then change the menu in front of that box to Subject. Then click the Search button.