Basic Search v. Advanced Search
The LRC Basic Search allows you to search for words or phrases in three fields (see descriptions on the left): person -- by or about; name of work; keywords; or all text. You can also set some basic limits, such as peer-reviewed, publication date, and content type. The Advanced Search will allow you to do all of these, but, in addition, you can add more limits and search by multiple fields. If your results are too many with the Basic Search, try using multiple search fields and limits to narrow your results.
Person Search & Work Search
The Person Search will allow you to search the database for a particular type of person, according to the profile you create. You can specify things such as nationality, literary movement, genre, even place and time of death. For example, if you want a list of English Renaissance poets, or Japanese novelists born before 1940, or Native American short story writers, use this search. But keep in mind that the list is NOT exhaustive.
The Work Search, like the Person Search, allows you to create a specific profile and to search for all works that match that profile. You can specify things such as the type of work, the author's nationality, the publication year, or the original language. For example, if you want a list of Victorian poems by English authors or Italian short stories published in 1962, search here. But again, keep in mind that the list will NOT be exhaustive.
Ordering Your Results
Unless you specify otherwise, the LRC will search multiple content types and arrange your results accordingly. These include:
- Literature Criticism
- Topic and Work Overviews
- Reviews & News
- Primary Sources/Literary Works
You can also specify the way in which your results are ranked, by clicking on the "Search by" drop-down menu. By default, LRC ranks results by relevancy, though you can choose to have them ranked by "Publication Date (Descending)" -- from oldest to most recent -- "Publication Date (Ascending)" -- from most recent to oldest -- or by Document Title, which will rank your results alphabetically.
Other Ways to Narrow Your Results
If you have too many results, it might be a good idea to use the left sidebar to narrow your results further. You have two options: you can search within your results, by keyword, or you can narrow your results by subject, person, author, work, publication, or document type. Note: these modifications will apply only to the content type you're currently viewing.