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Contemporary Literary Criticisms (Online) Database Guide: Contemporary Literary Criticism

About Contemporary Literary Criticism

Each volume profiles approximately four to eight novelists, poets, playwrights, journalists, philosophers or other creative and nonfiction writers by providing full-text or excerpted criticism reproduced from books, magazines, literary reviews, newspapers and scholarly journals. A full citation and annotation precede each of the approximately 75 essays per volume; many include an author portrait. 

To access the online version of CLC you can find it listed under the A-Z Databases link under Arts & Humanities and e-Books and Audiobooks, or under the letter C. 

**You will only be able to search from v. 363 through the present volume. For older editions you must still use the print editions in the Reference Collection.


Contemporary Literary Criticism Online

Searching CLC is easy. You can perform a basic search which searches by keyword across all fields or an advanced search which allows you to narrow your focus such as by the name of a work, author, ISBN, etc.

To perform a basic search enter your Keywords in the search box and click Search. 

Search results are broken down by the following Content Types:

  • Literature Criticisms
  • Biographies
  • Topic and Work Overviews
  • Reviews and News

You are also able to limit your results by:

  • Subject
  • Person- About
  • Author-Items By
  • Publication Title
  • Document Type



To access a result, simply click on the title in the result list. This will bring you to the default viewer screen. You will need to use the zoom feature to read the PDF results in the viewer. 

If you look to the right of the page you will see an area labeled Relevant Pages with a series of numbers below. These are the pages your search terms appear on. You can click the number to navigate to that page or use the next/previous page option on the top of the viewer to advance the pages.

Once you have found the result you are looking for you can email, download, or print the record using the tools in the right side menu. You can also use the citation tool to create a citation for the record. Always remember to check the citation for accuracy. 


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Off Campus Access

Remote (off campus) access to the FDU databases is available only to FDU students, faculty, and staff.

To access a database from off campus, select it from the library's A-Z Databases List. You will be prompted for your FDU NET ID and password. Upon verification you will be given access to the database. 


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