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Some suggestions and tips for researching literary criticism through the ACC Libraries


The  ACC Libraries have many resources related to literary criticism. This guide was created to introduce you to these resources, and provide tips that will help you use them in your coursework.

Book Searches

The main library search screen can lead you to books and ebooks about literary criticism. Try searching by the name of a work along with the word criticism. Or the author's last name and the word criticism. Here's an example looking for ebooks related to criticism of Willa Cather:



You can access the main search using the Quick Search Box below this one:

Library Resources Quick Search

Search for Library Resources.
Type the keyword(s) in the box below then press Enter or click the Search button.



Literature Databases in General

The boxes below this one highlight the best databases ACC Libraries has to offer for college-level literary criticism. However, we have more databases that you might want to look at in our list of databases for Literature and Literary Criticism. Use the ones below first!

Criticism Database: Gale Literature Criticism


  • Use the Advanced Search and limit by document type to Literature Criticism

Criticism Database: Humanities Full Text


  • Scroll down and set the Publication Type to Academic Journal before searching

Criticism Database: Bloom's Literature


  • Use the Advanced Search under Search Options and use the Limit Results by Record Type to choose Search Only Criticism

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