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New online reference resources: Literature Criticism Online; Book Review Index Plus; Something about the Author

Reflecting again the transition of print to online standing orders, the following resources are now online. This announcement recaps the acquisitions of: Literature Criticism Online, Book Review Index Plus, and Something about the Author, all on the Gale platform.

Book Review Index Online Plus

The database provides access to reviews of books, periodicals, books on tape and other electronic media.

Book Review Index Online Plus indexes reviews from over 600 scholarly and popular English-language journals from 1965 to the present, primarily in the fields of general fiction and non-fiction, the humanities, and the social sciences. It includes more than 634,000 full-text reviews as well as full text via links to library holdings. Contains the entire backfile of Book Review Index from 1965 to the present. Search fields include author, date, illustrator, audio book reader, review length, reading level, review source and type, reviewer, work title, and review title.

Literature Criticism Online

Literature Criticism Online provides a single search for online literary criticism resources from Gale. In the transition to the online version, the USF Libraries made a significant investment in a one-time purchase of the backfiles for Literature Criticism Online to ensure depth to this resource. The USF Libraries subscribe to the following databases under the Literature Criticism Online umbrella:

  • Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism
    This highly useful series presents substantial excerpts from the best criticism on the major literary figures and nonfiction writers of 1900 to 1999.
  • Literature Criticism 1400-1800
    This authoritative resource on the greatest writers of the late Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Restoration eras.
  • Poetry Criticism
    Support students and enhance the understanding of poetry lovers with this collection of biographical sketches, author portraits, primary bibliographies and much more.
  • Short Story Criticism
    The most-studied short story writers of yesterday and today are profiled in volumes that deliver a historical survey of the critical response to their work.
  • Drama Criticism
    For each play or playwright featured, a full range of critical opinion is presented, along with a biographical sketch, a chronological list of the writer’s major works and more.
  • Children’s Literature Review
    From Louisa May Alcott to Judy Blume, the most popular and influential authors of the genre are assessed through criticism of their major works.

Something about the Author

USF has acquired the complete archive to Something about the Author, an archive that preserves the full integrity of the print reference series, including more than 200 volumes, totaling more than 12,000 entries and nearly 17,000 images. Includes personal data, addresses, career, awards and honors, writings, sidelights (essay on the author’s life and works), adaptations, additional sources and more. Also included are hundreds of specially commissioned autobiography essays from Something About the Author: Autobiography Series. These essays are illustrated with personal photos; and present an entertaining and informative first-person perspective on the lives and careers of prominent authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults.

For these and other resources, visit Click on “Search the databases” to begin.

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