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Find Literary Criticism

What Is Literary Criticism?

Literary criticism is the evaluation of a work, such as a novel or short story, which provides an analysis, interpretation, discussion, and assessment of the work.

What Should I Look for in Literary Criticism?

  • The author of the criticism and his or her credentials
  • The publication in which the criticism is written
  • Evidence to support conclusions reached in the criticism

Where Can I Find Literary Criticism?

Literature Resource Center (GALE) 

  • Enter the title of the work and/or the author’s name in search box(es)
  • Check the “Literature Criticism” box

MLA International Bibliography (EBSCO)

  • Enter the title of the work and/or author’s name in search box(es)
  • Enter the word, “Criticism,” into an additional search box

Project MUSE

  • Enter the title of the work and/or the author’s name, and the word, “Criticism,” into the search box

JSTOR

  • Enter the title of the work and/or the author’s name, and the word, “Criticism,” in the search box

Library Catalog

  • Click “Advanced Search”
  • Enter the name of the work and/or author in the search box(es) (e.g. “The Bluest Eye” and “Toni Morrison”). To search for a criticism of the author, search their name as a subject using the drop-down feature
  • Enter the word, “Criticism,” into an additional search box as needed