"Literary criticism" is the term used for the analysis and evaluation of literature (which, in English studies, generally means novels/novellas, short stories, poems, plays, and literary essays). Use the information in this research guide to find articles and books that contain literary criticism, as well as overview information on authors and their works.
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Start with these literature databases to search for critical articles:
Use these tips and search examples to find literary criticism in Library databases:
Connect keywords with AND.
Use author's last name only. (Spelling counts!)
Put quotation marks around titles that contain more than one word.
If you are finding too many articles that are not literary criticism (e.g., book or film reviews), try adding the word criticism to your search:
Or, look for limiters on your search results screen to help focus in on what you want.
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