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Composition and Literary Studies (English): Journal Articles & Literary Criticism
How to access quality information about English Literature and literary criticism, including books, periodical articles, and web sites. Research help, writing & grammar, and writing & citation help are covered.
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Literary Criticism on the WWW
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How to Search for Literary Criticism
Books, eBooks, and print and electronic reference sources tend to be the most useful sources for literary criticism. Books of criticism may focus on an author's entire work or on a specific work and will usually be more in-depth. Reference sources, like encyclopedias, usually give an overview of an author and then often cover specific works. If you're not familiar with an author or a title, a reference source is a good place to start.
Articles tend to cover very specific aspects of criticism, so you might want to go to them last, after you have an overview from reference sources.
Contains up-to-date analysis, biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism, and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods, and from around the world.
Hint: Try selecting "Advanced Search," scroll down to "Narrow by Discipline" and select > Language & Literature. Then enter keywords in the search box. This will limit your search ONLY to the Language & Literature journals.
Contains more than a thousand academic journals and over one million images, letters, and other primary sources.
Includes both Gale's Contemporary Literary Criticism -- extensive compilation of literary commentary -- and Gale's Short Story Criticism -- thousands of essays on the critical response to short story writers