Literary Criticism

How do I find Literary Criticism?

Many general databases index at least a couple of scholarly journals that contain literary criticism articles. You may want to start with a general database first and see what it offers before switching to one of the specialized sources below.

You can access general databases as well as these specialized databases by clicking on the Articles & More link from the Library homepage and then choosing Language & Literature from the drop-down menu of databases organized by Subject.

Electronic Resources
Click on the resource name to try out a search for your favorite author or book.

Literature Resource Center

The Literature Resource Center provides full-text of many of the print literary criticism resources including Contemporary Authors, Contemporary Literary Criticism, Dictionary of Literary Biography, Scribner Writers Series and the Twayne Authors Series. You can search by Author, Title, Keyword, Authors by Type and other variations using the Advanced Search. Be sure when looking at an entry for an author or work that you click on all the tabs near the top of the screen (e.g. biographies, literary criticism articles, bibliographies, etc.) as they will provide you with further useful information.

MLA Bibliography

MLA Bibliography is the premier article database for scholarly research in language, literature, folklore, and linguistics. It contain articles from 1963-present. Like many specialized databases it does not contain any full text articles itself, but it does link out to some full text articles in other databases.

If you encounter articles or book chapters which are not full text in any of the print or electronic resources you have just read about and you wish to locate those materials, use the instructions for finding a book or finding an article to make your search successful.