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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.

Unsure How to Find Articles?

Try out searching in some of the library databases with the Finding Articles Tutorial.

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Literary Criticism on the WWW


Click on Literary Criticism under Finding Web Sites tab to see Literary Criticism sources from the public World Wide Web

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.

Not sure where to start?  Try the guide to ACC library literary criticism resources.

Journal Article Databases and Electronic Reference Resources

ACC Libraries have more than 90 journal/magazine article databases. Here, I list the most useful ones for research on English Language Arts. (Or see a complete list of ACC Library Databases)

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