State College Ely Library
Literature Criticism Online
Open a Web browser on any networked workstation on campus.
At the Ely Library Home Page, click on Quick
Links under Databases.
Click on Literature Criticism Online.
Off-campus users will be prompted for a User ID and
Password (same as your college email logon)
Search Screen: Keyword Searching is recommended for
the best results in searching for information on specific titles such as
Yellow Wallpaper, or The Things They Carried. Select Keyword
in the pull-down menu next to the Basic Search box.
The Basic Search enables you to search the entire database for the
presence of any word or words within a range of key fields (Keyword); within
the text of the author field (Named Author); within the text of the work
title field (Named Work); and within the full text of entries (Full Text).
The default search is Full Text. Search terms/phrases entered cannot exceed
one hundred characters and twelve words.
Within Basic Search, you may limit your search to entries containing criticism
published in a particular year or range of years.
You may also limit your search to entries published in one or more of the
Literature Criticism series publications included in the database: Classical
and Medieval Literature Criticism, or Short Story Criticism.
Clicking the Search button will execute your search and return a Results
List matching your search parameters and the number of results to show
on each page. From a results list, you may revise your search parameters
by clicking the Revise Search button on the left-hand navigation bar.
Gale's Lit Index: The Basic Search Screen contains a link
to Gale's Literary Index, a master index to the major literature
products published by Gale. It 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 Gale's Literary Index
as a starting point to locate authors and titles covered in any Gale series
Other Search Methods
Advanced Search: Enter your search
term(s), select an index to search from the index type drop-down
menu to the right of the search term box. Choices are Full Text, Keyword,
Named Author, Named Work, Cited Name, or Source Publication Title.
You may also activate fuzzy searching to retrieve near matches for
any search. Indicate choice of Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) to combine
Browse Authors: Accessible via the top navigation bar from all views,
this feature allows you to access an alphabetical list of authors. Clicking
on an author returns a results list of all entries within the database
that provide an overview of the body of work or specific works by an author.
Browse Works: Accessible via the top navigation bar from all views,
this feature allows you to access an alphabetical list of titles of works.
Clicking on a title returns a results list of overview entries for that
The Article Screen: Click
on the title of criticism, an article, or an overview to display
the full text of that item. To return to the results screen of citations,
click on the "Back to Results" button at the left of the article
display screen. Users have two options for viewing and navigating
an entry. The Page Image Full View is the default view, and provides
full page and entry navigation features. The Reading View offers
page navigation features and an expanded page image display field.
Sorting: All search results are sorted by descending date of publication,
and then by series title.You may resort your results alphabetically by
title, series title, ascending publication date, or descending publication
date by selecting the sort desired from the Sort by:
menu and clicking the Sort button.
Navigating: To navigate the results list, use the arrows to the
left and right of results list page numbers located above and below the
results list display.
Revising the Search: You may revise your search criteria by clicking
on the Revise Search button in the left hand navigation bar.
Results List Entries: Each entry has a brief citation that includes
entry title, Literature Criticism source publication title, volume number,
publisher, place of publication, year of publication, and publication page(s).
Clicking on an entry title takes you directly to the first page of that
eTable of Contents: Each citation has a link to an eTable of
Contents that lists sections and critical essays to which you can navigate
Page Image Full View: Clicking on an entry in a results list displays
the Page Image Full View of the first page of that entry. You may
navigate to other pages in entry using the left and right arrows within
the shaded page navigation bar, or enter a page number within the range
of page numbers on which the entry appears and click on the Go button.
Reformat for Reading: When you have accessed an entry, you
may choose to Reformat for Reading by clicking on that link in the
left hand navigation bar.
You can modify the size of any page image by selecting a percentage from
the Scale drop-down box within the page navigation bar. The default is
Page images are presented in the same orientation as they appear in the
original publication. Full text search terms are highlighted.
The Reading View offers basic page navigation at the top of the display
screen and an expanded page image display field, providing an option for
browsing and reading an entry. Additional page navigation options, as well
as links to tools, are located at the bottom of the screen display, including
PDF and Mark This Document.
Clicking on the Back to Full View link located at the top and bottom
of the screen display returns you to the Page Image Full View, and to full
page and entry navigation options.
Printing and Emailing
Mark Records: Creates a Citation List.
This can be reformatted for printing by clicking on the Print
button located in the left hand navigation bar on those pages. The pages
are reformatted in an html format for printing. This feature does not currently
allow printing or emailing full text from a marked list.
Printing: Click on the Print/View PDF button located in the
left hand navigation bar in Page Image Full View, and at the bottom of
the Reading View. At the Print/View page, you may print the current page
image in PDF format, or all of the page images associated with an entry
in PDF format.
Click the Priner Icon within Adobe Acrobat to print the document.
E-Mail: Mark lists, as well as eTable of Contents
can be reformatted for e-mailing to yourself or others by clicking on
the E-mail icon located in the left hand navigation bar on those pages.
An E-mail Options form offers you a choice of reformatting the page
in an html or plain text format without the product banner and navigation
features visible, and provides a text box in which you type an e-mail address.
maintained by Brian Hubbard
Last updated July 3, 2008