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Historic Literary Criticism: Sample Searches

A guide to all aspects of Historic Literary Criticism including content, searching, and viewing results on the new ProQuest platform.

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Sample Searches

Basic Search

You need to find articles where music is mentioned.

  • Type "music" into the Basic Search box or use the widget on the left.  

Note: The widget will only work if you are already authenticated to your organization’s Historic Literary Criticism account. If it does not work, please login through your organization’s library to access Historic Literary Criticism directly. If you have questions about accessing your ProQuest databases, please contact your local librarian.

  • On the result list filters (it says Narrow results on top), click Document Type Article.
  • Also from Narrow results, go to the Publication date limit and drag the gray handles so that your list of results covers 1800-1900. Then click Update.
  • Go to the top of the results page to the Sort results by pull-down menu (just above Narrow results) and resort your items by Relevance and click Sort.
  • To begin reviewing your results, click the Preview link available on each record to view the major fields of the record.
  • For additional record details, select the Abstract/Detail link under each record to view the full record.
  • Mark any records that interest you to save, print, email, cite, export, save to your My Research account, or to view selected items later.


Advanced Search

You need a review of a novel by Jules Verne and you need a Harvard citation for the paper you are writing.

  • From the Advanced Search page, click the drop down menu for the first row and select Author as subject. Click Look up author as subject, enter Jules Verne or Verne, Jules and click on Find. Select Verne, Jules, 1828-1905. Click on Add to Search.
  • On the second row, click the drop down menu and select Author's work. Click Look up author's work, select Begins with and enter The Mysterious Island and click on Find. Select The Mysterious Island, The survivors of the Chancellor. Click on Add to Search.
  • Click Search,
  • Select records on the result list by clicking the checkboxes. From the top of the results page (under the search box) click Cite. In the drop down menu, select Harvard. Then select, copy and paste the citation into your document.