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Literary Criticism: How to Find It: Find Books

Geoffrey Chaucer

Classic Catalog

Use the classic version of the online catalog to find out which books, CDs, DVDs, musical scores, and other kinds of information sources are owned by or are accessible through, the Gumberg Library.

Find Books

The quickest way to find all books about an author, including literary criticism, is to do a Subject search for the author's name in the Classic Catalog. To get to the Classic Catalog, click the blue button in the box on the left side of the screen.

Be aware that you will not find EBooks using the Classic Catalog. To find those, use QuickSearch. To learn how to find EBooks in QuickSearch, click here.

On the search screen, type the author's name in the search box. You must type it last name first, then first name ("Miller Arthur"). You should then pull down the menu to the left of the search box and change it to "Subject." Then click Search. This will cause the search engine to find all books about that author and his or her work.

In the search result we are presented with a basic subject

and alphabetically arranged subdivisions. At the far right side of the line we see how many books are under a heading. To see the titles under a heading, just click on the heading.

For literary criticism there are three headings to look for. The first is just the author’s name with birth and death dates (the example directly above). Under this heading you would find a mixture of kinds of books which might include some criticism.

The next heading to look under is the one with the subdivision “Criticism and interpretation.” Books under this heading will deal with more than one of an author’s works.

The final kind of heading to explore is one that ends with the name of a work. These books would contain criticism of just one of an author’s works.