Explore Beyond the Page this Summer With This Idea.


artemis literary sourcesUse the tip sheet below as a guide for searching Artemis: Literary Sources to discover interesting things about your favorite authors and books.

Artemis Literary Sources Tip Sheet

To learn more about using Artemis Literary Sources visit Hot Topic – How to Use the Library Databases: GALE

Discover New Ideas with Literature Criticism Online


literature criticism onlineLiterature Criticism Online‘s design, is heavily influenced by user feedback and guided by Gale’s advisory board provides the features literature students and researchers want most, including:

  • Enhanced homepage keyword searching
  • Revised results display allowing for fast viewing and evaluating
  • Article-level results with easy access to article-level citations
  • Quick filtering functionality
  • Immediate access to newly acquired volumes as well as the ability to search directly across a series or volume with new About This Publication pages
  • New image viewer
  • Detailed subject indexing
  • Term clusters and graphing tools for visualizing results and textual analysis
  • Mobile compatibility

Literature Term Cluster Literature Criticisms Online

LCO provides a similar user experience to our platform Artemis: Literary Sources, where users can search across all of our literature resource holdings from Gale.

See what all the excitement is about, check out these features today!

Experience War Through Words


VanishedWhen you are young and Memorial Day rolls around, you are oblivious to what the extra day off of school and impromptu cookout means.  However, the older you get, the more you understand the actual signification of the holiday, to remember and honor those who have fallen in war. It is quite hard to imagine what it would be like going through such a horrendous experience. Perhaps that’s why we are so captivated by war memoirs, because those powerful words are the closest most of us will ever come to being faced with such fear and terror.

Every military experience is different and each new war book helps us to understand that. Here are a few from the eMedia Catalog to get you started.

Author James Bradley has captured the glory, the triumph, the heartbreak, and the legacy of the six men who raised the flag at Iwo Jima in Flags of Our Fathers. Here is the true story behind the immortal photograph that has come to symbolize the courage and indomitable will of America.

Robert Leckie a young U.S. Marine fought in the Pacific during World War II and is the bestselling author of Helmet for My Pillow, has written a thrilling account of the battle for Iwo Jima and of the Americans who fought for every bloody inch of the island. He also presents the story of the Japanese commander and the men in his command and their desperate “last stand” defense of the island.

Newly released title Vanished, tells the story of  a massive American bomber carrying eleven men vanishing over the Pacific islands of Palau in 1944, leaving a trail of mysteries. In this spellbinding narrative, Wil S. Hylton weaves together the true story of the missing men, their final mission, the families they left behind, and the real reason their disappearance remained shrouded in secrecy for so long.

And then there’s WAR by Sebastian Junger.  This critically acclaimed book details the Junger’s 14-month experience following a platoon in Afghanistan and aims to uncover the truths of war.

Will the average person ever really understand what it’s like to be dropped in a foreign land and told to fight for their life? The only real way to discover the truth is to experience it for yourself, and if not, read about it and honor the memory of those who so bravely fought for the country.

For additional resources on wars and the military visit Hot Topic – American History

Artemis – New Tool for Literature Students & English Teachers


artemis wheelArtemis moves beyond the limitations of simple search and retrieve – it offers users the ability to search across both primary and secondary materials as well as different subjects and genres. It also adds term clusters and term-graphing tools to allow users to conduct new kinds of analysis on familiar content sets, thematic subject indexing to aid in content discovery, and interface updates that conform to today’s design standards, including sharing and collaboration tools. Overall, Artemis will transform the way students and researchers explore material, giving them the ability to challenge assumptions and create new theories and academic debate.

By being able to search across all literature collections, students can explore artifacts that had previously been worlds apart in the great digital divide. For example, a student seeking information on Tom Sawyer, would be able to find: curated critical commentary from Gale’s Novels for Students series, biographies from Notable American Novelists; copies of reviews from a variety of newspapers and magazines, and original related content from primary sources such as the Mark Twain Journal.

At the click of the mouse, students can find relationships between the term Tom Sawyer and how it relates to keywords such as Mississippi using Term Clusters. They can also see over time how popular a term is in literature using Term Frequency.

This resource from the library will make writing your English paper easy!

To use Artemis or to learn more about it visit Literature and Poetry on Hot Topics – Databases A-Z

Brain Teaser – Popular Authors and Their Books


Let’s wrap up Summer Reading with this brain teaser.  Can you name the title of the book or author of these popular books, people buy or borrow from a library. Need help? Use Credo Reference Online

1. What name is usually used for Theodor Seuss Geisel, whose children’s books are known for their blend of whimsy, zany humour, catchy verse, and outlandish illustrations?

2. Which English novelist wrote “Sense and Sensibility”, “Mansfield Park” and “Emma”?

3. Which US author wrote “The Firm”, “The Pelican Brief”, and “The Client”?

4. What was the first novel by J. D. Salinger, about a mixed-up teenager called Holden Caulfield?

5. The real name of the author of “Animal Farm” and “The Road to Wigan Pier” was Eric Arthur Blair. What name did he use when publishing his books?

6. Name the only novel by US writer Harper Lee which was about the trial of a black man accused of raping a white woman, The events are seen through the eyes of Scout, the six-year-old daughter of defence lawyer Atticus Finch.

7. Which US author wrote “Mother Tongue”, “Notes From a Small Island” and “A Short History of Nearly Everything”?

8. Which English novelist wrote “Rebecca” and the short story “The Birds” which were both made into films by Alfred Hitchcock?

9. Which British children’s author wrote “The Story of Tracy Beaker” and “The Dare Game”?

10. Which writer published the autobiographical “Moab Is My Washpot”?

How did you do?

0 – 1 Mmmm, not exactly brilliant.
2 – 5 A reasonable stab.
6 – 8 A good showing. But there’s still room for improvement!
9 – 10 You really know your stuff. Well done!

Questions set by Tony Augarde (www.augardebooks.co.uk)