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Literature & Literary Criticism: Historical Resources - Open Access

Click on the various links to access library resources plus reliable, relevant websites.

About historical magazines

To the right are archival magazine issues that have been digitized and made available to the world. Some of these digital projects are designed in such a way that you can search for the article you are looking for, and some are not.

Before databases there were print indexes which would direct the researcher to the correct issue and page number of a needed article. If you are doing historical research you might have to use these indexes.

Here are two historical print indexes that Booth Library owns:

Historical Magazines

18th-20th century periodicals can provide valuable insight into contemporary opinions and attitudes in regards to culture, politics, religion and society.  This contextual information can be used to flesh out the time-periods in which literary texts were written.   In addition, many major literary works, such as Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist and Henry James’ Portrait of a Lady, were first published in serialized form in periodicals. 

Open Access Sources

What is Open Access?

"Open access" is a publishing model. It is free, unrestricted, online access to scientific and scholarly research.  There are two primary vehicles for providing open access: open access journals, and open access archives or repositories.

The Open Access movement began in the sciences but recently has moved into the humanities. See below for some good examples.

Evaluation Tool for Open Access Journal Articles

The following rubric, linked below, is posted to the Loyola Digital Commons. The tool takes users through a thoughtful review of the Open Access source they are considering. The tool is helpful for students who are using Open Access sources for their research, or faculty considering an Open Source publisher.

Rele, Shilpa; Kennedy, Marie; and Blas, Nataly, "Journal Evaluation Tool" (2017). LMU Librarian Publications & Presentations. 40.