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What is Literary Criticism?
Literary criticism is the evaluation, analysis, description, or interpretation of literary works. It is usually in the form of a critical essay, but in-depth book reviews can sometimes be considered literary criticism. Criticism may examine a particular literary work, or may look at an author's writings as a whole. Finding literary criticism can be challenging. This libguide is designed to help students in researching and writing a paper that requires sources of literary criticism.
Hilary Leon, but it is based in part on work by Ken Irwin, Nettie Lagace, and Sara Ryan.
Destiny Library Catalog
The library owns a large collection of books on literature. Enter your title or author and search for books about them. You will find most of the books in the 800's.
In our reference section you will find books like CLC (Contemporary Literary Criticism). These books contain collections of literary criticism. These books are most useful for older and classic titles.
Comprehensive database containing articles and information about authors and their works. Good resource for overview, synopses, author biography and criticism.
Through this database, you can access The New York Times Book Review Section.
EBSCO's Masterfile Elite
Articles from magazine and journals. Particularly good for some of the more current books. There will be some cross-over with Literary Reference Center.
Literary Reference Center
Literary Reference Center provides in-depth information about all of the most studied authors and their works. You can find relevant articles from magazines, reference books, literary journals, book reviews, biographical information and images.
Digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources.
On the Internet
One way to find literary criticism on the Internet is to enter your book title or author into a Google search with the words "literary criticism". Scan your search results for relevant links.