:: Something about the Author

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Description from the publisher:
Something about the Author Online brings you comprehensive online access to Gale's award-wining reference set, Something about the Author (SATA).

You'll find thousands of illustrated biographical profiles of children's authors and illustrators, all in an easy-to-use interface that is ideal for teachers, librarians, professors, students, and other researchers of children's and young adult literature.

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This database can be accessed from any of Thrall Library's public Internet or research computers.

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Members of Middletown Thrall Library may log in to this service using their library barcode.

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Tips & Special Features:

Remember, this database is for researching children's authors and illustrators: if you need to research other authors, please check out the "For More Information" box to the right of this page.

After you log into this database, you will see a link for "Gale's Lit Index" (Gale's Literary Index) at the bottom of the screen.

This is "a master index to the major literature products published by Gale" which "combines and cross-references over 165,000 author names, including pseudonyms and variant names, and listings for over 215,000 titles into one source."

You can use this cumulative index to find authors in different literature reference books Thrall owns in addition to Something about the Author (such as Contemporary Authors). You can search by name or title of literary work. On the results screen you will see a list of books where that author appears. Someone at our Reference Department can help you locate references in the Gale books we own.

When viewing articles, you can change the Zoom level for improved legibility. As you do this, you will need to scroll up/down/left/right across the page in the web browser.

If you want to print, it is best to try printing using the PDF option (see "Technical Considerations" below).

You also have the option to e-mail yourself copies of articles. The E-mail option appears when you view an article. You can send the article either as HTML (which preserves formatting and usually includes any images appearing in the article) or plain text.

Articles can take several hours to arrive from database providers. Be sure to check your "Bulk Mail" or "Spam" folders in the event e-mailed articles are improperly routed to those folders in your e-mail.
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Technical Considerations:
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