Database Update to Literature Criticism Online

Gale today released a new version of Literature Criticism Online, which brings a variety of new features to this digitized collection of major criticism. The ten individual series that comprise Literature Criticism Online present a range of modern and historical views on authors and their works across regions, eras and genres. Imagine centuries of analysis — the scholarly and popular commentary from broadsheets, pamphlets, encyclopedias, books and periodicals — delivered in an easy format that matches the exact look and feel of the print originals.

In response to customer feedback, the following new features are now live to current users of the database:

  • Browse Topics – access 600+ topical entries easily through our new alpha-browse feature, with new entries added regularly.
  • Updated indexing in “Browse Works” and “Browse Authors” – deep cross-referencing found in Gale’s Literary Index is now integrated within Literature Criticism Online.
  • Titles Discussed – works entries include links to all relevant pages that discuss a related title within any given essay – extreme cross-referencing at work.
  • Updated language – intuitive “Inside this Entry” and “Inside this Volume” links provide easily understood directions for exploring volumes and entries.
  • Updated design to Print/View PDFs – page limits reduce the amount of loading time (and printer paper) for patrons who want more than just a two-page spread.
  • Hit-Term Highlighting and Relevant Pages now available for Keyword searches – originally active in full-text searches, this has now been applied to keyword searches, too.
  • New design for navigating to Relevant Pages – find your search terms easily by navigating directly to relevant pages with the click of a mouse.
  • Cleaner InfoMarks for document Source Citations – links are more readily recognized in bibliographies, coursepacks, social bookmarking sites and more.

Some additional basic changes in Literature Criticism Online will have a MAJOR effect on how relevancy and currency are perceived within the database. By changing the Basic Search default index from “Full-text” to “Keyword” and changing the default sort from “Publication Date Ascending” to “Publication Date Descending”, users will find the most up-to-date entries and relevant keyword search results at their fingertips, without changing anything other than their search terms!

Coming this Fall, Literature Criticism Online will become cross-searchable with — Something About the Author and the Dictionary of Literary Biography. These literary reference, bring volumes of biographical content, images and commentary on all the major authors covered in Literature Criticism Online and beyond.



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