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Literary Criticism: Home

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.

In Books

In Databases

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.


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