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Literary Criticism and Author Research

This guide will help you get started with research into authors and literary criticism. Use the tabs below to navigate through the guide.

What Type of Database Should You Start With?

Selecting the right database can be the best way to find relevant sources.  You may want to start with a general database, like JSTOR and then move on to a more specialized one like Gale Literary Resources.  If you can't seem to find anything on your research topic, try different keywords or another database.  Remember, you can always ask for help by using the ask a librarian box.

research database:

  • can be subject specific (e.g. literary coverage)  or multidisciplinary (has broad coverage).
  • may include citationsfull text, or a mixture (full text and bibliographic abstracts) from hundreds or thousands of periodicals.

The Difference between Book Reviews and Literary Criticism