ENGL 200W

RESEARCH GUIDES

Choose the Older Reviews tab to find a link to the TLS Centenary Archive (Times Literary Supplement) for reviews from 1902-1990. Using the Advanced Search option in the TLS database, you can limit your search by date and by Article Type (specifically, you can choose “Book Review”).

DATABASES

This database is a repository of digitized materials in all disciplines. Its content (primarily scanned books and journals) may be searched via authors, titles, subjects, and keywords.

Since Lolly Willowes is in the public domain, you are able to search the full text and even download the entire book as a PDF.

Image of Full view search in Hathi Trust

This is a good place to search for the full text of older content, which may help some of you find what you are looking for!

Try searching for your author in the “Author as Subject” field (remember to use the author’s name in reverse order).

Author as subject search in MLA International Bibliography

Search strategy in MLA International Bibliography

You can also add other keywords, the document author, or the title of the article, in order to narrow your search.

In addition to articles, you may also find book chapters in your list of results. If the citation mentions the title appears In . . .and lists page numbers, editors, a book title (italicized), and publication information, try searching The CAT for the book title!

JOURNALS

If you know the name of the journal, you can use Citation Linker, available from the library home page in the Research section, to determine if we have electronic access to it. Make sure to check the Coverage Range in your list of results to see if the time period you are looking for is included.

If we don’t have full-text electronic access for the journal, or the time period, you are looking for, try searching The CAT by journal name, as shown below.

image of the Quick Search option in CAT limited to journal title

Keep in mind, you cannot find articles in The CAT! However, you can determine if we own the print volumes of journals. If we own the journal in print, you are able to request a copies of articles within the journal using our Interlibrary Loan. Someone at the owing campus will scan the article for you and send it electronically to your interlibrary loan account.

BOOKS

Use either LionSearch or The CAT to find books.

If you are looking for a short story, it will most likely be found in a book that is a collection of stories. However, the title of your short story will probably not be the same as the title of the book. The title of individual stories in a collection will appear in the Table of Contents and some of the catalog records include this information. If the Table of Contents is not part of the catalog record and you want to make sure the short story you are looking for is in the book, try continuing your search in WorldCat (accessible from the link on the right side of The CAT record).

image of additional search options in The CATRequest books from other campuses using I Want It.Image of I Want It button

INTERLIBRARY LOAN

Interlibrary loan (ILL) supports the research needs of Penn State faculty and students by obtaining materials from other campuses and institutions.

We have several options available for ILL, but you will want to enter your requests for articles into our ILLiad system.

CHALLENGES

I can tell you that not everything always works the way it should (but, I’m sure you already know that).

  • “Get It!” should take you to the full text of an article, if we have it available electronically. If “Get It!” doesn’t work for you, then try searching for the journal using Citation Linker. If “Get It!” shows we have electronic access to the journal for the time period you are interested in, then get to the journal and search for your article or look for it by the volume, issue, and page number!
  • The Sylvia Townsend Warner Society has a website which includes the tables of content for all issues of The Journal of the Sylvia Townsend Warner Society. If you’ve exhausted all other possibilities, try looking through these issues. Articles from this journal can be requested through ILLiad.
  • If all else fails, try Google! You probably won’t find the full text of what you are looking for, but you may be able to fill in some much-needed missing pieces, such as the date of an article or the title of an anthology containing your story or essay.
  • You might find a detailed citation for what you are looking for in the Works Cited or References of another article. The more details you have for your source, the easier it will be to locate it!